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2008 Senior Survey 

If you could change Samford's 
current motto (For God, For 
learning. Forever) to reflect your 
personal experience, what would 
it be* 

What's the worst trend you have 
seen come through Samford* 

What is the one thing about your 
college years that you did/saw 
that you would rather die than 
tell your parents* 

What was the funniest experience 
you've had in class* 


-For graphic design, for suffering, 


-Go big or go home! 

-Ninja pants 
-Monogrammed purses 
-Frisbee throwing 

-That I did the walk of shame. 
-I don't want to die, so nothing. 
-That all that money wasn't for 

-Bribing teachers with cake to move 
tests back. 

-When a girl passed out during her 
speech in CA freshman year. 
-Yelling out nicknames for private 
parts in Human Sexuality. 

What do you think will run 
through your mind when you 
cross the stage at graduation* 

What organization/activity do 
you wish you had taken part in* 

-A lovely lady. 

-Wow! This went by really fast! 

-I can't believe it's over! Peace out! 

-Step Sing 


What has been your most memo 
rable experience with campus 

Where's the best place to take a 

What's your favorite restaurant in 

-The time I got down on my knees 
and begged them not to write me a 
ticket when I caught them at my car. 
-Being chased through Seibert at 2 
a.m. while playing hide-and-seek. 
They never caught me. 
-Profcably cherisning the thoughtful 
text messages that Director or 
Campus Safety Bobby Breed sends, 
warning that my life is in danger. 

-Botanical Gardens 

-The Caf 

-To the top of Vulcan 

-Jim N Nicks 
-Cocina Superior 
-Surin West 


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Us 2008 

Editor: Jessica Casto 

Art Director: Austin Richardson 

Photography Editor: Becky Ellenberger 

Advisors: Sean Flynt, Donovan Harris, Caroline Summers 

Section Editors: Amy Grace Roberson, Allyson Dewell, Ashlyn Stallings, 
Val Kikkert, Rachel Bennett 

Editorial Contributors: Haley Aaron, Libby Allen, Britney Almaguer, Carol Anne Autry, Caroline 

Bell, Rachel Bennett, Matt Campbell, Jessica Casto, Megan Christians, 
Jessica Cunningham, Allyson Dewell, Shannon Dille, Callan Donoho, 
Ryan England, Calvin Fields, Jonathan Flowers, Sarah Gardner, Mary Nell 
Hall, Hayden Hamrick, Ben Hankins, Emily Hart, Jordan Jarvis, Jackie 
Jaszcz, Michelle Kelly, Val Kikkert, Rachel Long, Heather Mackey, Melissa 
McBride, Kaitlin McCulley, Anna Pollock, Caroline Poole, Ryan Posniak, 
Sallianne Prothro, Amy Grace Robertson, Matt Robertson, Sloan Schmitke, 
Destiny Soria, Ashlyn Stallings, Matt Stamp, Cassaundra Stinson, Kylie 
Swyden, Brittany Todd, Lindsey Vaughn, Kelli Winn and Ruth Woodall 

Photo Contributors: Sarah Andrews, Allyson Dewel, Becky Ellenberger, Terra Garmin, Jordan 

Jarvis, Jon Londeen, Valerie Macon, Megan Marr, Bob Miller, Kyle Myketa, 
Jessica Sansom, Austin Richardson, Amy Grace Robertson, Stephen 
Williams, and Killi Winn 

Design Contributors: Austin Richardson and Laura Armstrong 

Special Thanks: Andrew Westmoreland, Michael Morgan, Philip Poole, Jay Elmore, The 
Samford Crimson and Zap Photography. 

The staff of Entre Nous seeks to provide documentation of a year in the life of the Samford Community. To 
us this means more than recounting events. We seek to capture the impressions the year left on students, faculty 
staff and administration by moving beyond the events themselves to the way they affected and shaped us. 

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications for employment and edu- 
cational programs from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, age, disability or national or ethic origin. 

Table Of Contents 

Editor's Pictures 4 

Aspire 10 

Contributor Pictures 6 

Pledge 90 

Letters from the Editors 8 

Connect 182 

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Connections 12 

Welcome Back 14 

Dorm Life 16 

Weekend Events 18 

Homecoming 20 

Homecoming Court 22 

Miss Samford 24 

Beeson Ball 26 

Lighting of the Way 28 

Step Sing 30 

Spring Fling 36 

Crawfish Boil 38 

Study Abroad 40 

The World Goes Round 42 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 44 

Die Fledermaus 46 

10 Minute Play Festival 48 

Twelfth Night 50 

Oleanna 52 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 54 

Copenhagen 56 

A Piece of My Heart 58 

Cinderella 60 

Reveal 62 

Year in Review 64 

Lakeshore's 50th Anniversary 66 

Campus Safety 70 

O'Henry's 72 

Going Green 74 

Students & Prayer 76 

Why'd You Choose Samford £ 78 

Brock School of Business 80 

Famous People from Samford 82 

Students in Birmingham Art & Film 

Bubble Pop 86 

Election 2008 88 

Greek Weekend 92 
PHC/ IFC Feature 94 
Emily Hart's Rush Diary 96 
Calvin Field's Rush Diary 98 
What it Means to be Greek 100 
Greek Superlatives 102 
Parties of the Year 106 
Alpha Delta Pi 110 
Alpha Kappa Alpha 112 
Alpha Omicron Pi 114 
Chi Omega 116 
PhiMu 118 
ZetaTau Alpha 120 
Lambda Chi Alpha 122 
Pi Kappa Phi 124 
Sigma Chi 126 
Sigma Nu 128 
Sigma Phi Epsilon 130 

Compete 132 

New Arena 134 
Red Sea 136 
Cheerleading 138 
Football 140 
Volleyball 144 
Cross Country 146 
Track 148 

Women's Soccer 150 
Men's Soccer 152 
Men's Basketball 154 
Women's Basketball 158 
Baseball 162 
Softball 166 
Men's Golf 170 
Women's Golf 172 
Men's Tennis 174 
Women's Tennis 176 
Intramurals 178 

Band & Color Guard 184 

Dance Ensemble 186 

SGA 188 

Student Recruitment Team 190 

University Ministries 192 

Samford Ministries Choir 194 

Bob Miller's Trip to Africa 196 

Reformed University Fellowship 198 

Gamma Sigma Sigma 200 

Habitat for Humanity 202 


College Democrats 206 

College Republicans 207 

Mock Trial & Debate Team 208 

Crimson 210 

Gospel Choir 212 

University Choral 213 


Alpha Phi Omega 215 

Begin 216 

Graduate Photos 218 

Jessica Casto 


Austin Richardson 

Art Director 

Becky Ellenber; 

Photo y Editor 


Amy Grace Robertson Allyson Dewell 

Aspire Section Editor Reveal Section Editor 

Ashlyn Stallings 

Pledqe Section Editor 

Val Kikkert 

Compete Section Editor 

Rachel Bennet 

Connect Section Editor 









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Haley Aaron 

Britney Almaguer 

Kelli Winn 

Jessica Cunningham 

Shannon Dille 

Megan Christians 

Callan Donoho 

Sallianne Prothro 

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Sloan Schmidtke 

Matt Stamp 

Brittany Todd 

Lindsey Vaughn 

Not Pictured 

Writers! Libby Allen, Caroline Bell, Matt Campbell, Ryan England, Calvin Fields, Jonathan 
Flowers, Sarah Gardner, Mary Nell Hall, Ben Hankins, Emily Hart, Jordan Jarvis, Jackie Jaszcz, 
Michelle Kelly, Rachel Long, Heather Mackey, Melissa McBride, Kaitlin McCulley, Anna Pollock, 
Caroline Poole, Ryan Posniak, Matt Robertson, Destiny Soria, Cassaundra Stinson, Kylie Swyden, and 
Ruth Woodall 

Photographers: Sarah Andrews, Allyson Dewel, Becky Ellenberger, Terra 
Garmin, Jordan Jarvis, Jon Londeen, Valerie Macon, Megan Marr, Bob Miller, Kyle 
Myketa, Jessica Sansom, Austin Richardson, Amy Grace Robertson, Stephen Williams, 
and Killi Winn 

Designer: Laura Armstrong 

The Editors 

Entre Nous: "Between us, For us, Forever." 
That's what I'd change the motto to if there ac- 
tually were a motto for Samford's student year- 
book. I would bet that most of you didn't even 
know we had a student yearbook (but we don't 
bet at Samford, so I'll just hope that you did). 
If you've sat in the nice, new, leather couches 
in the food court, you've probably seen the last 
two years' hardbacks sitting on the coffee table. 
And hopefully, you've taken a minute or two to 
peruse through the memories. That's really why 
we put this thing together. So that years later, 
when you happen upon your old, dusty college 
yearbook, you'll take a glance at it and begin to 
remember what it was like to be a Samford col- 
lege student back in the day. 

My hope is that each of you appear some- 
where among these 248 pages. From freshmen 
to seniors through athletes to Zeta's, we tried to 
cover all the happenings of the 2007-08 school 
year. Whether it be a Step Sing photo or an 
article on politics, our goal was to capture stu- 
dents' stories. The real life day-to-day instances 
like standing in line at the caf, passing a friend 
on the sidewalk or the smell of your dorm room 
are some of the things you'll remember most. 
Hopefully everything else you'll find in these 
pages. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride down 
memory lane, because these times in the bubble 
(whether good or bad) are between us, for us, 


Jessica Casto 

The things I did this year are as follows 

-Designing all but four pages of what you're holding 

-Illustrating all throughout the book 

-Photography for a good number of the pages you're about to look at. 

I had my hand in every single page you're about to look through... 

Please Enjoy 
Austin Richardson 




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Connecting to a New Home 

By Heather Mackey 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The Connections program is designed to welcome the 
freshman class to Samford. It is all about allowing the new 
class to become familiar with the university through different 
events that have become a part of Samford's traditions. The 
first week at Samford for freshmen includes Playfair, Dinner 
on the Dirt, learning the lingo and making relationships with 
other freshmen that will last the rest of their lives. 

As the largest freshman class in Samford history pulled 
onto campus August 22, 2007, around 100 eager Connection 
leaders swarmed their cars to unload their belongings and 
answer general questions. And then, the eventful week began 
as the students joined a Connections group and started their 
journey here at Samford. 

Keighlee McCaslin, a freshman education major, said her 
favorite part of Connections was Playfair. "I loved Playfair. 
I met a lot of people, and I still talk to them. It was like a 
funny, awkward party. ..I loved it," said McCaslin. 

Playfair, a yearly tradition on Samford's campus, is led by 
Carol Ann Freid, fully suited in spandex and accompanied by 
a crazy bird whistle. Playfair forces people to participate in 
outdoor activities and get-to-know-you-games that reach out 
of students' comfort zones to help them meet other people in 
a different manner. 

Despite the crazy activities, McCaslin said she got quite a 
bit out of the program. "Connections really helped me get to 
know the school and where my classes were. After Connec- 

tions, I knew I wouldn't get lost which was my biggest fear," 
said McCaslin. "Connections also helped explain a lot of the 
rules and how Samford works." 

This year, there were six orientation leaders, 80 Connec- 
tions leaders and 12 senior Connections leaders. The senior 
Connections leader position was a new role that created a 
liaison between the orientation leaders and the Connections 
leaders. Senior Connections leaders were seniors who had 
served for the past two years in the program. 

Connections leaders play an integral part in welcoming 
the new freshmen to campus and making sure they under- 
stand what campus life is about and how to navigate their 
years here. Senior business major, Ross Thaxton, said, "My 
favorite part about being a Connections leader was that I got 
to make an impact on freshman students and hang out with 
them one on one." 

Thaxton also said, "I enjoyed watching the freshmen open 
up during times like Playfair and the hoedown we had this 
year, because it lets them act more like themselves." Essen- 
tially, that's the whole point of Connections: to get freshmen 
to feel comfortable enough to be themselves and to start con- 
necting with their future best friends. 






Welcome Back week was officially kicked 
off with the last car unpacked, the final picture 
hung and a quick goodbye to the parents. Start- 
ing on August 24, students rushed on to Sam- 
ford's campus to start the 2007-2008 school year. 
The events of Welcome Back started in hopes for 
a promising year with a new group of seniors to 
soak in their last year, and a new group of fresh- 
men to start their journey at Samford. 

The Student Activities Council worked hard 
all summer to have a week full of festivities, the 
first being the annual Dinner on the Dirt. While 
Dinner on the Dirt usually takes place on the 
Quad, dark skies overhead caused students to 
meet and greet in the caf. 

"This was my last Dinner on the Dirt, so I 
was a little disappointed it was inside. It was 
harder to mingle and say hello to friends because 
it was so crowded in there," said senior psychol- 
ogy major Jillian Payne. 

But that was only a minor setback, and the 
Welcome Back activities moved on as Monday 
rolled around. After a hectic day of class, stu- 
dents were able to enjoy "Hey Days" and a dance 
at Sloss Furnace. 

"Hey Days was just kind of like 'Hey, what's 
up<?- How you doingv' It didn't really work out 
like we wanted to because people were confused 
on what it was, but you got a free cup and soft 
drinks," said senior physical education major and 
member of SAC Jane Deeter. 

The week ended with a Saturday trip to the 
local theme park Alabama Adventure. "We had 
a wonderful turnout for Alabama Adventure. 
There was such hype about it last year that we 
decided to do it again, and I am glad we did," 
Deeter said. 

"Going to Alabama Adventure was my 
favorite party of Welcome Back," junior sports 
medicine major Natalie Mayor said. "I got to ride 
roller coasters with my friends, the perfect end 
to summer." 

Welcome Back week has grown to be a stu- 
dent favorite; in fact, many can't wait until next 
year. "Welcome Back definitely helps with the 
transition from summer into school, said junior 
graphic art major Jessica Snow. "We go to class 
in the morning and have fun activities at night. 
SAC did a great job this year." 

By Megan Christians 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 



Close to Home 

By Caroline Bell 

Photos: Becky Ellenberger and Austin Richardson 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Living on campus can be quick and convenient when it comes to get- 
ting around campus. Living on campus can also be a great way to stay con- 
nected to people on campus and events on campus. There are many dorms 
on campus that house the new students and the old. 

When the school year begins, new students arrive on Samford's cam- 
pus. These students, the freshmen, live in Lena Vail Davis and Mamie Mell 
Smith. Vail and Smith are located in Central Campus and allow the new 
students to be in the center of the campus life. 

The freshmen girl's dorm, Vail holds most of the freshmen girls. 
Though the rooms are small and the bathrooms communal, some people 
feel that this living situation is a sacrifice that allows for growth and unity. 

"I remember living in Vail. At times, I hated how small the rooms were 
and how I didn't have my own bathroom, but really, I loved getting to 
know everyone on my hall. You just bond when you're with that many 
people who are experiencing such a new thing," said senior interior design 
major Allie Duncan of her experience in Vail. 

Freshmen boys are also offered the bonding opportunity by living in the 
freshmen boy's dorm, Smith. Smith offers suite style dorms and the same 
great bonding experience as Vail. 

Upper classman at Samford have two choices for housing. They can 
either live in West Campus or in Beeson Woods. Samford offers Sorority 
and Fraternity dorm housing in West Campus. Members of designated 
Greek organizations are offered the opportunity to live in a house that is 
dorm style with members of their own organization. 

"It is great living with people that are in your same organization; it just 
offers a deeper way to bond," said sophomore Kaylee Hayworth. "It is fun 
just to be in a dorm, and it is great being in a Greek organization. Living in 
Greek housing combines the both." 

Samford also offers housing for upper classmen in Beeson Woods. These 
dorms are more spacious and offer a suite style room. Each suite is set up 
with a common room and kitchenette. 

"I loved living in Beeson. It was almost like living in an apartment ex- 
cept without all the maintenance. I still had my roommate, but there was 
so much more room to live and move. Beeson is great," said senior Rachel 
Richardson of her experience in Beeson Woods. 

Samford's campus is small and intimate, and the same feel was given 
with the design of housing. Samford takes great care in ensuring that each 
student has a comfortable and fun place to live. Whether it is by hall activi- 
ties in Vail and Smith, Greek bonding in West Campus, or the "suite" life 
in Beeson Woods, there is a housing arrangement to match every student's 
desired dorm life. 


Places Students Han, 

By Caroline Bell 

Photos: and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Samford offers students the invitation to get to know the city around them, Birmingham. This city is exciting and dif- 
ferent, and it offers many fun and exciting ways to hangout with friends whether it be at a fun concert, bar or restaurant, 
Birmingham has something for everyone. 

Sophomore Kaylee Hayworth commented on her favorite place in Birmingham. "I love Rojo. It is so different. 1 love the 
atmosphere, and they have such a variety of food." 

Rojo, centered off of Highland Avenue, offers an eclectic atmosphere as well as a diverse menu. Dishes range from hamburg 
ers to quesadillas. "It's a great place to go with 
friends before a party or event because you can 
rent out their party room and stuff as many 
people as you want in there," Hayworth said. 

Rojo offers a fun atmosphere for students 
of all ages looking for food and entertainment, 
but for students 21 and up, there are some great 
places around town that attract many Samford 

"Twist and Shout is really fun; It's just real 
laid back. You can buy a drink and just listen to 
the piano," senior Bethany Harrison said of this 
new bar located in Five Points. Twist and Shout 
is a piano bar, but not just any old piano bar; 
"The bar tender plays songs by Britney Spears 
and Madonna. It's quite entertaining," Harrison 

Even if your not 21 and in the mood to hear 
some good tunes, WorkPlay Theatre is a venue 
offering concerts open to all ages. "I always look 
on WorkPlay 's website to see what's coming up. 
Sometimes they will have really low key artists, 
or a big name performer," senior Rachel Richard- 
son said. 

WorkPlay offers a concert setting where 
friends can gather to hear there favorite bands 
play or perhaps, try out a new sound. "I just 
saw Hanson play there; it was amazing! I am so 
glad we have this venue here," Richardson said. 

These are just a few of the cool places 
Birmingham offers Samford students, there is 
so much more to see and do in this city. From 
art museums to Broadway plays at the BJCC, 
Birmingham offers something for everyone. So 
get out there and find it! 


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SamforcTs 50th Homecoming 
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By Megan Christians 

Photos and Spread Austin Richardson 

Whether you are a current student, pro- 
spective student or alumnus, homecoming has 
something to entertain everyone, and this year 
was no exception. 

The year 2007 marked the 50 th anniversary of 
Samford's Homewood campus and the opening 
of the new Pete Hanna Center. Alumna Kimberly 
Roads and Karen Fairchild from the country 
musicgroup Little Big Town performed in the 
Hanna Center Saturday night. 

"The concert was awesome," junior cheer- 
leader Brittany Tedford said. "It was really cool 
to watch Little Big Town and think 'I went to 
the same college as them.'" 

The official kick-off to the festivities came 
Friday night with the annual bonfire. 

"We were very pleased with the bonfire turn- 
out," senior education major and Homecoming 
Chair Niki Champan said. "The parking lot was 
completely packed; just what we wanted to see." 

Saturday's events included a hot air balloon 
ride, tailgatmg on the quad and a parade. 

"The parade was my favorite part," sopho- 
more education major Carter Chambliss said. 

"I was in charge of Alpha Omicron Pi's float 
this year. We worked really hard as I am sure ev- 
eryone else did. I think all the floats looked great 
and the crowd loved it." 

Of course, no homecoming is complete with- 
out a Homecoming Court. Seniors Ellen Donze 
and Jason Morales were crowned king and queen 
during halftime of the football game. Ten other 
students were voted as class representatives. 

"It was a complete surprise to be nominated 
in the first place, and an even bigger shock to 
be on the court," sophomore nursing major Elle 
Martin said. "It really was such an honor, and 
a true privilege to be able to represent my class 
during Homecoming. The court had a lot of fun 
together and it was wonderful participating in 
all of the homecoming events." 

Although the football game did not turn out 
like Bulldog fans would have liked, with a loss 
to Austin Peay, this year's Homecoming will 
certainly go down as one for the history books. 



Homecoming Court 

By Megan Christians 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Bichardson 

The band finished playing and the 
stands got quiet as the Homecoming 
court was presented on the 50 yard line 
during halftime of the Homecoming 
football game. 

After a few seconds of anticipation, 
senior journalism/mass communica- 
tions major Jason Morales and senior re- 
ligion major Ellen Donze were crowned 
king and queen. 

"I was so honored to be chosen as 
Homecoming queen," Donze said. "It 
was a complete surprise." 

Members of the court are chosen 
by their peers; then the whole campus 
is open to vote on who they want to 
represent each class. 

"It was a complete surprise to be 
nominated the first time, and an even 

bigger shock to be on court." sophomore 
nursing major Elle Martin said. "It really 
was such an honor, and a true privilege 
to be able to represent my class during 

Each class representative partici- 
pates in the annual homecoming parade 
and is individually presented during the 
football game. 

"The court had a lot of fun together, 
and it was wonderful participating in 
all of the homecoming events," Martin 

"I enjoyed each member of the 
court," senior Homecoming chair Niki 
Chapman said. "They each performed 
their duties nicely, looked great and had 
a good time being out there." 

Members of the Court: 

Seniors: Jason Morales (King) and Christina 

Cesler, Cam Rogers and Ellen Donze (Queen), Nate 

Stenstrom and Mary Catherine Stone. 

Juniors: Rocky Ailing and Susan MacFarland 

Sophomores: Alex Hugenard and Elle Martin 

Freshmen: Hugh Smith and Jenna Tanner 


Miss Samford 2008 

By Michelle Kelly 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

On November 9, 2007, after an evening full of glitz, glam- 
our and excitement, sophomore Amanda Tapley was named 
Miss Samford 2008. 

Tapley, a piano performance and pre-medicine major from 
Birmingham, competed against eight other women in the 
scholarship pageant. Tapley also won the talent award for 
her piano performance of the third movement from Tschai- 
kowsky's Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor. Her talent on the 
piano went hand-in-hand with her pageant platform, "Music 
for a Cure." Part of her duties as a representative of Samford 
University will include competing in the Miss Alabama pag- 
eant in June. 

"It is such an honor to represent this wonderful university 
as Miss Samford University," said Tapley. "This opportunity 
has opened so many doors for me. The experience I gain will 
further prepare me for my future." 

Tapley is also looking forward to the next year and serving 
through her platform. "I will be speaking and performing at 
schools and churches as well as promoting my platform, a 
fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I am so 
grateful for this incredible experience and will represent Sam- 
ford University to the very best of my ability" said Tapley. 

Katie Robertson, a senior from Atlanta. GA. was first run- 
ner-up, and Susan Hamm, a freshman from Thorsby AL, was 
named second runner-up. Other contestants were freshmen 

Jenna Tanner and Morgan Hall; sophomore Lydia Hignite; 
and juniors Amber Duke and Elizabeth Fuller. All contestants 
were scored on Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, Evening Wear 
and On-Stage Question by a panel of five judges. 

The theme of the night was Timeless, and entertainment 
was provided by not only the contestants, but their escorts 
as well. Miss Samford 2007 Jessica Terry performed a piano 
selection and was given the opportunity to say her farewell 
before crowning Tapley. Realizing that she had no bobby pins 
after Tapley 's name was called as the winner, the resourceful 
Terry used bobby pins from her own head to crown the new 
Miss Samford. 

The Miss Samford program is a long standing tradition of 
excellence, with several of the winners going on to win Miss 
Alabama and even Miss America. One such Miss Samford 
was Miss Alabama 2000, Jana Sanderson McEachern. who 
emceed this year along with Samford senior Caudill Miller. 
The pageant's directors were Ashley Oliver, a sophomore 
elementary education major, and Morgan Welty, a sophomore 
nursing major. 

Megan Christians, a junior journalism/mass communica- 
tions major, enjoyed this year's pageant just as much as she 
has the past two years. "I thought that all the girls did a won- 
derful job and were very qualified. Amanda was especially 
great, and I am sure she will do a great job as Miss Samford." 



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Beeson Ball 

By Kelli Winn 

Photos: Courtesy of Beeson Ball Attendees 

Spread: Austin Blchardson 

"I'll be seeing you" was the theme for this year's 
Beeson Ball. Residents of Beeson Woods look forward to 
this event every year, put on their best dancing shoes and 
get all dolled up for a night of glitz and glamour. 

Residence Life Educator for Beeson, Kacey Cole esti- 
mated that 278 guests attended the Beeson Ball this year. 
The event was sponsored by Beeson Woods Residence 
Life who began planning early in August to put together 
the special evening. The entire RA staff of Beeson began 
brainstorming and discussing the plans during their first 
week of training. The process was overseen by Cole and 
the senior staff: Jacob Simmons, Ashlie Chaniott and 
James Blackburn. Cole says that she has complete trust in 
her staff's event-organizing skills. "They do such a great 
job with planning that my job as their supervisor is not 
stressful, and I am able to go and enjoy the event as much 
as they are." 

This was the 4 th annual Beeson Ball. It originally began 
in 2004 and was held downtown at the Harbert Center for 
the first two years. They began having the event at Vulcan 
Park after Cole became RLE for Beeson, which was where 
it was held this year. Many students, like sophomore Em- 
ily Ray liked having the ball at Vulcan. "It's a unique place 
and it has so much history," said Ray. "Vulcan is a symbol 
of Birmingham and it's neat for Samford students to be 
able to connect with the city in that way." 

It's not just the history that's attractive about Vulcan, 
it's the view. The park provides a stunning lookout over 
downtown, which makes for a romantic night. "The city 
lights are really pretty," Ray said. "It's kind of romantic 
and its fun to get pictures made." 

While some preferred the view of the city outside, 
others got a chance to show off their dancing skills inside. 
What ball would be complete without musicv Guests 
danced to tunes fresh from the DJ and took pictures in 
front of a prom-reminiscent background set up by Jacob 
Simmons, Beeson Woods Resident Manager. 

"The entirety of Beeson Ball was great, but one of my 
favorite parts was definitely watching people take pictures, 
both cute and funny, in front of the photo area," Cole said. 
"Ultimately though, the best part was the fact that wc put 
together a great event that people enjoyed and also know- 
ing that my staff did an amazing job." 

This year's Beeson Ball was definitely a success. Un- 
doubtedly, we'll be seeing this tradition continue for many 
years to come. 



Deck the Way and Light the Tree 

By Amy Grace Robertson 

Photos: Jordan Jams and Austin Richardson 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Each year, many events take place on Samford's campus to celebrate 
Christmas. One of the richest traditions is Lighting of the Way, which 
takes place on Centennial Way. Every year when the Christmas season 
approaches, the paths of the quad throughout the entire campus are lined 
with white bags that each holds a candle. On the evening of Lighting of 
the Way, all the candles are illuminated and the campus is transformed 
into a magical space filled with prayers and caroling in anticipation for the 
moment when the big Christmas tree is be lit. 

The Student Government Association hosts the event every year as 
a welcome party for the Christmas season. "I love Lighting of the Way 
because it is a great way for me to get into the Christmas spirit." said 
junior nursing major Amanda Duckworth. "Sometimes I think we all just 
get caught up in upcoming exams, getting back home and saying goodbye 
to friends for the break that we forget the beauty of the holiday that is ap- 
proaching. Lighting of the Way helps me remember my real focus should 
always be on Christ." 

The University Ministries choir and Dr. Westmoreland carry the 
evening through singing and the reading of the Bible story of the birth of 
Christ. By the end of the story, the Christmas tree is lit and spectators 
view the majesty of the bright lights that surround them and the campus 
as they reflect on the true reason for their celebration of the season. 

After the lighting of the tree, everyone moves to A. H. Reid Chapel for 
another celebration called Hanging of the Green. This particular part of 
the evening has been a part of the Samford tradition for nearly 30 years. 

University Chorale opens the ceremony that honors 12 seniors who 
have been nominated for the event by faculty, staff and campus organiza- 
tions. They are meant to represent Jesus' 12 disciples. These seniors are 
picked for their outstanding contributions to Samford through service, 
leadership and Christian discipleship. 

Each part of Hanging of the Green combines to tell a piece of the 
Christmas story. The ceremony is divided into six parts: The Advent 
Wreath, The Wreaths and Garlands, The Holly and Ivy, The Candles, The 
Crimson Tree and The Light. As the ceremony concludes, each of the 12 
honorees passes the light from the Hope candle to the crowd to symbolize 
the need to pass on the hope of Christ from our lives to others. 

Melanie Webber, a sophomore nutrition major, said. "Lighting of the 
Way and Hanging of the Green are my favorite Samford traditions because 
they convey the Christmas story in such unique ways that make you really 
appreciate the season and the hope behind the story of Christ coming to 
save us all." 



Step Sing 2008 

by Michelle Kelly 

Photos: Becky Ellenberger, Stephen Williams and Bob Miller 

Spread Austin Richardson 

After months of planning, weeks of practicing, thousands of tickets sold and 50 dancing disciples, Samford's Step Sing 2008 
ended with the coveted Sweepstakes trophy being awarded to the brothers of Sigma Chi. 

Held in the Leslie S. Wright Center on February 14, 15 and 16, Step Sing was completely student planned and produced 
right down to the sound and lighting. Co-directors Peggy Morris and Lee Sullivan led this year's Step Sing committee. Planning 
for the show started in November and was completely operated without a Samford budget. 

"Since we get no money from Samford, all the money we make goes towards expenses for the show. We just hope to break 
even at the end," said Morris, a senior studying sociology and family studies. This year's show made a lot of money due to the 
fact that all three performances were completely sold out, a first in Step Sing history according to Morris. 

Sigma Chi took home the awards for the judges' and participants' choice for Best Music in addition to the biggest 
award of the night with their show "The Original Fraternity," complete with rap music, biblical dress and fake beards. The 
brothers claim the inspiration for their show came from an editorial in the Samford Crimson asking whether or not Jesus 
would have been in a fraternity. According to directors Todd Oakley and Christian Corts, Jesus was in a fraternity, better 
known as the twelve disciples. 

Whether or not they convinced everyone of their argument is uncertain, but the audience certainly laughed throughout 
their entire show that included a rap portrayal of Peter walking on water set to the rap song "Walk it Out." They also per- 
formed a gospel style routine of the song "Joyful, Joyful" which included everything from the gates of Heaven to the Book of 


Life. Despite being a clear fan favorite, the brothers of Sigma Chi were 
still surprised to win. "For me, it was a relief that the time we put into the 
show was worth it," said the show's choreographer, junior business major 
Matt Mogle. "Not many guys expected to win sweepstakes." 

First runner-up was awarded to defending champions Dudes-A-Plenty 
for their show "Magic," which told the story of a magician attempting to 
impress a girl, but was thwarted by the failure of his tricks. Co-director 
and senior English major Jay Lasater said that the inspiration for all of their 
shows come from things little boys like. Magic was yet another fun theme 
to follow their previous shows based on monsters, robots and pirates. Ap- 
parently, their choices of themes are favorites of more than just little boys. 
Dudes-A-Plenty has either won Sweepstakes or first runner-up since their 
conception in 2005. 

Lasater was proud of the show they put together this year. "Even 
though we didn't win, we did do two things that a Step Sing stage has 
never seen. We levitated an emo-rap Harry Potter and had an onstage kiss. I 
call that a success," he said. 

Second runner-up went to the sisters of Phi Mu whose show "Se7en" 
was definitely out of the box, featuring songs about the seven deadly sins. 
The completely family- friendly show also won the judges' award for excel- 
lence in theme and the participants' choice awards for Best Overall and 
Best Choreography. "We got to display so many types of different per- 
sonalities; we got to be prideful, flirty and mad," said Director and senior 
journalism and mass communications major Maegan Wilson. "It made it 
so much more fun to perform." 

The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi won the judges' award for excellence 
in choreography and the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi won the participants' 
choice for Best Costume. All of the Step Sing participants collected money 
for this year's philanthropy, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Commu- 
nity Service Award for the most money raised went to the sisters of Alpha 
Omicron Pi. "Its always an honor to win the service award. We love that 
Step Sing is not only fun and entertaining, but also brings awareness and 
provides funding for a disease that has touched many lives as Samford," 
said AOPi President Megan Christians. Other 2008 show participants 
included two freshman ladies groups, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Chi, Inde- 
pendent Ladies, Chi Omega and this year's only co-ed show, University 

At the end of the evening Sigma Chi may have left with the title and 
the trophy, but all the Step Sing participants left with a tiredness after 
three weeks of hard work and the lingering exhilaration that only comes 
from performing on stage in front of a live audience. "I've been in Zeta's 
Step Sing shows since my freshman year and for me, the third time was 
just as great as the first," said junior journalism and mass communications 
major Grace Stephens. "I'll be back next year and I can't wait." 


Step Sing 2008 Winners 

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Augustana Highlights Spring Fling 

By Michelle Kelly 

Photos: Terra G arm in and Allyson Dewell 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The stretch of school between spring break and summer vacation can sometimes seem never-end- 
ing. Thankfully, several events were planned as part of Spring Fling this year to keep up the spirits of 
Samford students. 

Spring Fling was held from Thursday April 24 to Saturday April 26 and was planned by the 
Student Activities Council and the Office of Student Involvement. An array of events from free snow 
cones in Ben Brown Plaza to a spring scrimmage game for the Samford football team were included 
in the three days of fun. The most talked about event was easily the Augustana concert held Friday 
night in the Wright Center. The alternative rock band released their debut CD in 2003 and has gained 
a lot of recognition with their single "Boston." 

The Student Activities Council is hoping to continue to bring bands to Samford and with the 
more that come, the better the chances of getting more big-name performers in the future. "It is al- 
ways exciting to have people of this caliber come and perform," SGA Vice President of Programming 
Lee Ross said. 

All in all, Spring Fling was a welcome break from the pressure of the weeks leading up to finals, 
and the Augustana concert was a break from the usual entertainment in the "Samford bubble." "I 
was excited when I heard Augustana was coming to Samford. It's really a treat when a big band 
comes here, considering I still have to tell people Samford, not Stanford," said junior nursing major 

Amy Pope. 



Crawfish Traditions 

By Heather Mackey 

Photos, Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Students flocked down to the baseball field on a hot Sat- 
urday afternoon to enjoy good food, good friends and to sup- 
port the Samford baseball team at this year's Crawfish Boil. 
The girls were in comfortable dresses, the guys were excited 
about free food and everyone was working on their tan. The 
baseball team took on Morehead State in a doubleheader with 
a large fan base to push them to victory. 

The Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council and 
SGA sponsored the Crawfish Boil. The event always brings 
an eager crowd of hungry students who enjoy getting a little 
messy to enjoy the fun Samford baseball tradition. 

Seniors, Kristen Chafin and Jessica Lambert went to enjoy 
some quality roommate time and get a little dirty, all for the 
sake of the Crawfish Boil. "The crawfish are messy and a lot 
of work for a small amount of food, but the tradition makes 
it worth the work for some food and to come enjoy this time 
with others," Chafin said. "This gives me a chance to get out 
and visit with friends and enjoy the nice weather outside. The 

Crawfish boil has a great atmosphere and is really enjoyable 

Lambert agreed and says her favorite part of the Crawfish 
Boil is how so many people come out for the event. "Ev- 
erywhere you look around the field and in the stands, there 
are tons of people. It makes for a great afternoon to enjoy 
everyone's company and cheer on the team," Lambert said. 
"This way the team can really feel a large crowd behind them 
cheering them on.'" 

Another exciting fact to this year's Crawfish Boil was that 
Liberty SU, Samford's new live bulldog, made her first appear- 
ance before the game started. Samford athletics will call her 
Libby SU, as in SU for Samford University. She is a five-year- 
old bulldog. Senior Gavin Mayo thinks she will be a great 
addition to the Samford athletics program. 




Born in the USA" 


Photos: Amy Grace Robertson and Kelli Winn 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Here at Samford, we are fortunate to have such a plethora 
of study abroad opportunities. There are so many options 
to choose from, it is hard to decide where to spend your Jan- 
Term, summer or semester if you choose to leave the campus. 
Students can decide between London, Costa Rica, Spain, 
France, Germany, Italy, Belize or Tanzania. 

I've been lucky enough to travel to two of Samford's most 
popular study abroad destinations: Spain and London. I spent 
five weeks in Spain in the summer of 2007 and two weeks 
in the Daniel House in London during Jan-Term 2008. They 
were both wonderful and equally exhilarating in their own 
ways, and I know that I will carry both of those experiences 
with me even after my years here at Samford. 

Spain was actually my first experience with leaving the 
country. As I was boarding the plane from Atlanta to Madrid. 
I found myself having feelings of both nervousness and excite- 
ment all rolled into one. One of my greatest wishes in life has 
always been to travel as much as I can and experience and 
see what the world has to offer. The realization that I was 
embarking on my first overseas venture was a very strange 
feeling; I guess it's what most of us felt when we came to col- 
lege. Going somewhere new is not always easy, but we have 
to give ourselves a chance to write a new chapter. 

After arriving in Madrid, my roommate. Amy Grace 
Robertson, and I were introduced to our "madre," the Spanish 
woman that we were to spend the next month living with. 
As the three of us were all cramming into the back seat of a 
taxi cab, I heard a familiar voice. It was Bruce Springsteen! 
The cab driver was listening to "Born in the USA." It was a 
little ironic, and, I must say, a little comforting. 

I spent my first week adjusting to the new culture and 
trying to speak a foreign language in which I was only embar- 

rassingly mediocre. Let's just say that I wasn't at the "ad- 
vanced" Spanish-speaking level. But as I was told, my Spanish 
improved a great deal while in Spain: something that I am 
very thankful for. 

After spending four weeks in Madrid. I started to realize 
how comfortable I was feeling with my surroundings. Every- 
thing felt very familiar to me. My "madre" began to feel like 
a grandmother to me, and my room started to feel like "my 
room." I wasn't sure how it had happened, but somewhere 
along the line, Spain had begun to feel like "home." 

Leaving Madrid to embark on our week long tour of 
Southern Spain was very bittersweet. I was excited for a 


new adventure, but a little sad to be leaving the city that I 
had become so comfortable with. I must say, the tour south 
turned out to be the best trip that I'd ever taken. We traveled 
to a different city everyday, stopping off at some of Spain's 
most historic and beautiful cities including Granada, Segovia, 
Seville, Torremolinos and probably the most memorable for 
me, Gibraltar, where a monkey actually climbed on my head! 

After returning home from Spain, I began planning 
my next study abroad adventure. Where would I go next 1 ? 
London, of course! I had heard nothing but wonderful things 
about the London program and the Daniel House. After ar- 
riving, I found all of those wonderful things to be true. I took 
the appreciation class while in London for Jan-Term. There 
was a lot of walking and visiting museums and theatres and 
not a whole lot of free time. Regardless, I loved every single 
minute of it all. It was basically a two week crash course 
in London culture, theatre and art. I learned so much while 
in London. I even developed a new appreciation for what is 
now my favorite style of painting: Impressionism. My new 
favorite artist of all time is Claude Monet. I had heard of him 
several times before, but actually standing with my nose two 
feet away from some of his greatest works really opened my 
eyes. I had become a full fledged "art lover" standing frozen, 
staring in the middle of the Courtauld Gallery in London. 

The artwork was just a portion of the beauty of London. 
Everywhere I looked, I saw a building or a park that took my 
breath away. The city is full of antique beauty with a lot of 
modern architecture. Some people joke because they say the 

city is kind of "mismatched" in a way. I liked the mix of styles 
though. Something I really admire about the historic city is 
that it has just moved forward with the rest of the world 
without losing sight of what it was before. 

The theatre was probably my favorite part of London. 
Being a theatre major, I was in absolute heaven! London is the 
theatre capital of the world and rightly so. I saw some of the 
best productions I have ever seen there. I couldn't believe how 
fantastic it was. My roommate, Allison Lott, and I made a 
vow to see as much theatre as possible while we were there. I 
think we went to see a show every single night. 

On our free weekend, we decided to do what any good 
tourist in London would do: visit Abbey Road and take the 
infamous "Beatles" picture, something my longtime Beatles- 
loving father was very happy about. It took a lot of work to 
dodge the cars and we were almost hit several times, but we 
finally got the perfect picture. That day definitely went down 
in my book as what I call a "live over" day: one of those days 
that are so great, you wish you could live it all over again. 

My study abroad experiences with Samford were full of 
so many of those great days that I know I will never forget. 
I wish I could share them all, but those kinds of stories are 
never as great if you don't actually live them yourself. That's 
why I highly encourage everyone to participate in at least one 
of the many study abroad programs offered while at Samford. 
Let yourself go and make your own adventures and most of 
all, don't be afraid to give yourself the chance to write a new 
chapter. Safe travels everyone! 


The World Goes Round 


Photos: Courtesy of Theatre Department 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The World Goes Round... that was the theme for six Samford students 
as their world revolved around rehearsals for The World Goes Round, a musi- 
cal review of John Kander and Fred Ebb songs. 

Matt Andrews, Jeff Caulk, Ryan Ford, Rachel Holland, Caitlin Huie and 
Natalie Saxon were all cast in the show in December 2006. They rehearsed 
once a week for the entire 2007 spring semester with the director, Dr. G. 
William Bugg. Each of the cast members took it upon themselves to memo- 
rize the music over the summer before coming back to Samford. They then 
had two weeks of rehearsal to learn all of the choreography before opening 
night, with fellow cast member, Caitlin Huie, serving as choreographer. 

Even though it was a short amount of time to put a show together, 
Huie said she had complete confidence in her peers. "It was hectic, but 
working under and with diligent professionals assured me the show would 
reach its full potential." 

Andrews said that he appreciated the short rehearsal time because it 
provided him with a real world experience. "I thought this short period of 
practice was a positive thing because it didn't interfere with classes that 
much, and it gave us the real Broadway experience of learning a show in 
about three weeks." They did put together quite an entertaining show. 
It looked as though they had been rehearsing for months, not just a few 

The show consisted of 25 different songs written by Kander and Ebb, 
the famous musical theatre duo. Kander and Ebb first collaborated in the 
1960's, and their show tunes are still widely popular today. The World Goes 
Round is a tribute to the duo that wrote such classic songs as "New York. 
New York" and "Cabaret." "Their music is catchy and fun while also being 
moving and deep," Saxon said. "The show encompasses the range of emo- 
tions that one experiences throughout life." 

Indeed it did. The show depicted everything from falling in love to get- 
ting your heart broken, from the happiest of times to the lowest of times 
in life; all the while still letting you know that "the world goes 'round," no 
matter what comes your way. 

The show was a great hit with audience members, but cast members 
like Caulk acknowledge that it wouldn't have been as successful with- 
out those behind the scenes. "I was continuously impressed by my peers 
performing on the stage and those working off the stage," said Caulk. "The 
show could not have been as successful as it was without their technical 

Cast members said that the performance was not the only fun aspect 
of being in the show. Huie admitted that even the rehearsals were excit- 
ing. "We had a blast at every rehearsal." She accredits much of that to the 
director, Dr. Bugg. 

The show ran for two nights, but that is not a reflection on how long 
this show will be remembered. It was a favorite of many and leaves them 
looking forward to more entertaining musical reviews in the future. 



One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 

By Amy Grace Robertson 

Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Samford University Theatre presented One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest based on the 1962 novel by 
Ken Kesey. The Broadway production ran from 1962 until 1964 and was directed by Dale Wasser- 
man. It began running off-Broadway in 1971 and returned in 2001. In 1976, Jack Nicholson starred 
as one of the main characters, Randal Patrick McMurphy in the film version directed by Milos For- 
man. The film received five Oscars. 

The play focuses on residents of an insane asylum that resides under the strict control of Nurse 
Ratched played by junior theatre major Annie Hackney. However, a rebel character named Randal 
McMurphy steps onto the scene. Senior theatre major John Cooley played McMurphy. 

"He is pretty much a low life. He doesn't have a job, spends all of his time drinking, gambling, 
getting into fights and hanging around with prostitutes. He spends a lot of time in and out of jail 
and work farms," Cooley said. 

McMurphy went into the asylum assuming his life would be easier. Not long after his arrival at 
the institution, he developed relationships with the other patients. He soon began to influence the 
other residents to stand up for themselves against Nurse Ratched. The narrator of the play, Chief 
Bromden, the son of a Columbia Indians Chief was played by senior theatre major Matt Godfrey. 
The cast of the show experienced a rare luxury with rehearsal time. Instead of a short amount of 
time, they were given eight weeks to bring the production together. 

"Practicing for eight weeks really made a difference, especially for this performance. Everybody 
had the opportunity to become really comfortable with their characters," said junior theatre major 
Kelli Winn. It was not just the eight weeks that made the production such a success. "The director, 
Brad Roller did such a great job with making us understand our characters," said Winn. "He did all of 
these cool exercises with us where we had to react to situations as our characters would. I remem- 
ber this one where he had us move around the stage according to the personalities of our characters. 
Mine was shy and timid so I had to express that in how I walked. It really helped me explore my 
character, Nurse Flinn." 

The eight weeks also provided the cast members who were patients, Neal Tucker, Rush Brunson, 
Jordan Bondurant, Paul Lance, Bill Camp and Cody Hays, the chance to develop their characters. 
Each of the patients came up with their own ticks and problems. The actors were allowed to create a 
personality and handicap for their character. 

"Everybody brought so much to the table and it was really cool to see how everyone grew 
throughout the entire production," said Winn. "It didn't matter whether you were in the play or 
helping on set; being in the environment was an amazing opportunity to enhance your skills and 
have fun." 

Not only was the show fun for the actors, it was great for the audience as well. "I can't believe 
how funny the play turned out to be. They took a really serious subject and made it interesting and 
light-hearted, all-the-while appealing to the emotional side of mental illnesses," said junior history 
major Katie Slade. 

Director and senior theatre major Brad Roller said, "We sympathize with the patients, understand 
their plight... The story is relatable to us all, because at some point in our lives, we have all had to 
decide — do we apologize when it wasn't our fault, argue with the boss when we know we are right 
or accept the blame for the good of the groupi This incredible tale has spoken to me for many years. 
After experiencing three formats of the story — reading the novel, watching the film and seeing the 
stage performance — I knew this play must be shown." 

It was Roller's idea and senior project to produce Cuckoo's Nest at Samford. 


A Night at the Opera: 

Die Fledermaus' Samford Debut 

By Jordan Jarvis 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Die Fledermaus premiered in Samford University's Har- 
rison Theatre in Swearingen Hall Thursday, November 15 
through Sunday, November 19. Die Fledermaus, a Vien- 
nese operetta, was an outlet not only for the Samford and 
Birmingham community to enjoy a night at the opera, but 
also gave Samford students and alumni an opportunity to 
showcase their theatrical and musical talent. 

Composed by Johann Strauss, Die Fledermaus presented a 
lighthearted operetta in the midst of the more complex and 
cynical operas of its day. Set during the 1890's in Vienna, Die 
Fledermaus, full of wit and deception, was told in three rivet- 
ing acts with two intermissions. In the first act, viewers were 
met with the delightful sound of a live orchestra composed 
of Samford students who played everything from violins to a 
piccolo. The audience was then introduced to the character 
of Adele, a chambermaid who would love nothing more than 
to be a wealthy actress and was played in a double-cast role 
by Lydia Myers and Haley Longino. 

Longino, a junior vocal performance major, said, "The fact 
that the show was double cast was very unique and enjoy- 
able. It was fun to see how a character can be approached in 
different ways. I have also never been in a big opera produc- 
tion like Die Fledermaus, and it was a wonderful experience." 

Adele's character was marked by witty schemes to attend 
Prince Orlofsky's masked ball with her sister Sally double 
cast as Britta Lmdborg and Sadie Frazier, borrow an evening 
gown without her mistress knowing, conceal her identity 
behind a mask so as not to be caught by her boss and keep up 
her faux identity as a rising star by singing so skillfully and 
elegantly that even the tough Prince Orlofsky, double-cast as 
Jenny Wiggins and Lindsey Denton, was charmed. 

Adele's mistress, Rosalinda, double casted as Caitlin Huie 
and Samantha Chambers, found herself in a tangled love 
triangle. Though she was married to the wealthy Gabrielle 
Eisenstein, Rosalinda finds her heart torn between the attrac- 
tiveness of an old lover Alfred, who is played by Ryan Ford, 
and his well-sung tenor notes and staying devoted to her dear 
Gabrielle who is about to serve a short jail sentence. Alfred 
was eventually mistaken as Rosalinda's husband by the jail 
warden Frank, played by Jeffery Caulk, and is forced to serve 
Gabrielle's jail sentence. 

Chambers, a senior musical theatre major, who played 
the role of Rosalinda in the Friday and Sunday showings. 


said, "Die Fledermaus was unique for me, as it was the first 
full-length opera that I've done at Samford. I'm used to do- 
ing strictly musicals, apart from the opera scenes that we do 
each year. It was surprising just how exhausting it is to keep 
up such a physically and vocally demanding role. The show 
was also double-cast, which was a new experience, but my 
counter-part, Caitlin Huie was a real pleasure to work with." 

Rosalinda ultimately remains faithful to her husband, 
refusing Alfred's romantic advances, only to find out her hus- 
band's lying, womanizing nature through her attendance to 
Prince Orlofsky's masked ball, in which she disguises herself 
as a Hungarian countess. Rosalinda's dramatic nature and 
constant high and lows in her mood reflected the amazing 
range in her operatic voice as well. 

Rosalinda's husband, Gabrielle Eisenstein, was played by 
Samford alumnus and current graduate student Bob Becklean, 
who is pursuing a masters in church music. Concerning Die 
Fledermaus, Becklean said, "I loved working with the cast and 
crew throughout the show. I was able to learn so much about 
performing in Opera that I never would have been able to do. 
Also the audiences and actually performing has always been a 
passion of mine, so you can't go wrong there." 

As the story opens, Gabrielle is in great distress and 
frustration because he has to serve a lengthy jail sentence for 
civil disobedience and blames the prolonged sentence on his 
lawyer Blind, played by Ragan Deal. Gabrielle is visited by an 
old friend, Dr. Falke played by Daniel Banke, and is convinced 
to lie to Rosalinda and leave the house to supposedly go to jail 
when he is actually going to attend Prince Orlofsky's masked 
ball, where Gabrielle is promised to find beautiful, young 
women galore. As Gabrielle attends the great ball under a 
fake name and meets the great Prince Orlofsky, Gabrielle 
eventually meets a Hungarian countess, which is actually his 
wife Rosalinda, and tries to woo her. 

The ball is full of beautifully clad guests composed of a 
chorus of Samford students, who drink champagne and toast 

to happy times as they dance the night away. At six that fol- 
lowing morning, Gabrielle goes to the jail only to find another 
man, Alfred, in his place and becomes infuriated the man was 
found in the Eisenstein home with Rosalinda's consent. 

At Die Fledermaus' end, all deception is unveiled by Dr. Fal- 
ke who actually set the entire scheme up himself in order to 
repay Gabrielle Eisenstein for a practical joke played on Falke 
years ago, identifying himself as "The Bat." Banke's wit and 
impressive voice displayed his hard work and practice. Banke 
said, "Any time I do any kind of stage work, I get the sense 
that I am doing something much bigger than myself. Die 
Fledermaus is an operetta which has been performed by many 
great people, and I felt the need to invest as much of myself 
in it as possible so as to continue the tradition." Prince Or- 
lofsky's entire party, the warden Frank and his drunken jailer 
Frosch, played by Alan Taylor, attend the jail with champagne 
as Rosalinda and Gabrielle resolve their hurts. 

Many Samford students and faculty invested much of 
their time and energy to make Die Fledermaus the worthwhile 
production it was. "We have been meeting for rehearsals 
since the first day of school," Chambers said. "However, the 
principals all had their scores over the summer to work on. 
We met three times a week for rehearsals until about a month 
before the production, when rehearsals increased to almost 
every day. Close to production time, there were days that we 
were in rehearsal from 3 to 5 p.m., and then back again for a 7 
to 9 p.m. rehearsal after a dinner break." 

Die Fledermaus truly was a large performance, including 
not only the acting and operatic singing of the cast, but also 
the singing of the chorus composed of 12 Samford perform- 
ers, ballet dancers Carleton Meadows and Sarah-Grace Self, 
and a powerful orchestra. With stunning 1890's costumes 
and lavish, detailed sets and props, and enjoyable singing, 
acting and dancing, Die Fledermaus was well-received by the 
Samford and Birmingham community for its professionalism 
and uniqueness. 


Lights, Camera, Action! 

By Megan Christians 

Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Lights, camera, action! This year's annual fall 10 Minute Play Festival 
displayed an array of student acting and directing talent. "It's a chance for 
us to practice what we've learned about play directing and an opportunity 
for students to get on the stage," junior theater major Annie Hackney said. 

The festival is put on every fall by the beginning directing class as their 
final project of the semester. Each student picks a 10 minute play or one 
act to direct. They hold open auditions for actors, and this year, there was 
an overwhelming response by both theater majors and non-theater majors. 
"I enjoy working on the 10 Minute Play Festival because all the students 
are so passionate about it," said junior theater major Kelli Winn. "I espe- 
cially love to see students from other departments come and support us 
with their own talent." 

The 10 Minute Play Festival is one of the few open opportunities for 
the whole student body to be involved. "There are plenty of students on 
campus with a hidden talent for acting. They just never get a chance to 
express it. That is why the festival is so great. It brings us together as a 
campus," said Winn. 

Some plays chosen came from Samford alumni or staff adding to the 
"homegrown" feel. "I directed the play written by our own Mark Castle 
called 'Life of a Foreman'," said Hackney. "Directing the play was a blast. 
but what impressed me the most was how willing my cast was to try new 
things. Each one of them carved out a living, breathing, believable charac- 
ter, and I could not have been more satisfied with their dedication to the 

Each year brings about a new set of directors and their own challenges. 
But it is about more than just the performances; it is an invaluable learning 
experience for all who truly love the craft. "We're just a bunch of actors, 
directors and designers trying to put on a good show," Hackney said. 


Twelfth Night: A Night with Shakespeare 

By Kelli Winn 
Photos: Jordan Jarvis 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

William Shakespeare is one of the most, if not the most, 
well known and celebrated playwrights in the history of the 
theatre. Perhaps this is why the Samford Theatre Department 
decided to pay homage to the popular playwright with their 
production of Twelfth Night. 

Attempting to recreate a setting that audience members 
at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre would have experienced, they 
chose to have absolutely no set accented with very minimal 
lighting, just as Shakespeare himself would have had it. 
Despite the decision to have no set, there was still a need for 
a space that was able to stand alone and speak for itself. Brock 
Recital Hall was chosen to fulfill this task, making Twelfth 
Night the first play to be performed in the new recital hall. 
Junior theatre and music double major Emily Hoppe, who 
played the part of Feste, said she was glad to have been a part 
of history making in Brock. "It's a great space and it was re- 
ally fun to have it used in the capacity of theatre, instead of 
just music," said Hoppe. 

Even with the throw back to Shakespeare's day, the actors 
did a great job of taking the sometimes confusing language of 
the play and presenting it in a way that kept the 21 st century 
audience engaged. For much of the play, like in the hilarious 
"tree scene," where Sir Andrew (Jordan Bondurant) Sir Toby 
(Neal Tucker) and Fabian (Matt Godfrey) follow Malvolio 
(John Cooley) around disguised by fake Christmas trees. The 
audience was bellyaching with laughter. The success with 
audience members did not come without hard work, though. 
Most nights, the cast spent around three hours rehearsing. 

"Those four actors in particular had to work hard to make 
the comedy of Shakespeare understandable so that audiences 
could enjoy it too," said Hoppe. 

Already having a British director, Professor Mark Castle, 
the theatre department decided they would bring another 
man in from Shakespeare's homeland to help with the pro- 
cess. John Lloyd Fillingham is a very successful British actor 
and an assistant director at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster, 
England. Fillingham has performed in the best of the best the- 
atres in England including the Royal Shakespeare Company 
and the National Theatre in London. This makes for quite 
a resume and the cast was glad to have Fillingham, better 
known to some of the students as "JLF ; " to offer his advice 
during the last week of rehearsal. "JLF is a great actor and 
director and a real asset to have had with us. It was great." 
said senior theatre major Matt Godfrey. 

The experience for the actors may have been great, but 
it's no surprise that the show itself turned out to be great as 
well. Audience members laughed until they couldn't laugh 
anymore at the goofy and loveable characters of Twelfth Night. 

The Samford audience is looking forward to more from the 
theatre department, especially more Shakespeare. Hoppe 
hopes to have the chance to perform Shakespeare again before 
she graduates. "It was really interesting and exciting to study 
Shakespeare so intensely, instead of just reading it." said 
Hoppe. "I got the chance to explore a specific character. I'm 
looking forward to having such an opportunity again." 



Oleanna: The Line 
between Right and 

By Ruth Woodall 

Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Samford University's theatre department took a chance with their pro- 
duction of Oleanna by David Mamet in February. Directed by Neal Tucker, 
the play contained only two actors and no scene changes. Surprisingly, the 
simplicity of Oleanna helped lend to the play's effectiveness. 

Chelsea Reynolds played the part of Carol, a seemingly timid college 
student searching for guidance and help from her professor. Santiago Sosa 
played the part of John, a distracted professor with a personal life spinning 
out of control. Chelsea said she "felt honored to play this role with such an 
amazing acting partner and director." 

The play was set in the office of a professor who is up for tenure. The 
play revolves around the conflict between John, the professor, and Carol, 

his student. Oleanna confronts conflict between 
the sexes and the issue of sexual harassment by 
following the story of John and Carol. John is 
distracted by both his professional and personal 
life and feels that his actions toward Carol 
are appropriate. On the other hand, Carol is a 
distraught student searching for help and advice 
from her teacher. The play was built to make 
the audience torn between the two characters. 
While some may view the behavior in the office 
as appropriate, others may side with Carol and 
see it as sexual harassment. 

Aside from the verbal exchange between 
the actors, Oleanna provided the audience with 
countless subtle visual aids. Everything from 
the dramatic change in the actors clothing and 
posture, to the discrete use of lighting intensi- 
fied the play's effect. The audience watched as 
Carol's character evolved from a shaken and un- 
sure student to a powerful, outspoken woman. 
Carol's advances as a character came in sharp 
contrast to the deterioration of John's appear- 
ance, stability and career. 


The issue for the audience comes in siding 
with one of the characters. Some may feel that 
Carol is justified in her accusations that John ha- 
rassed her, while others may feel that Carol was 
manipulative and dishonest. Tucker described 
the conflict within the play best by saying, 
"When the miscommunication of one gender, 
religious affiliation, sexual orientation, ethnic 
origin or otherwise is construed as offensive or 
demeaning, Lady Justice stands blindfolded and 
ready to rectify. But, what if the miscommunica- 
tion is unintentional^ What happens when the 
unpremeditated meets the predisposed, resulting 
in a clash of world views 1 ? What if what was said 
in no way resembles an offensive statement <? 
It's one word against another. We must decide 
between ourselves." Whatever the case, there is 
no question that Oleanna leaves the audience 


Oompa Loompas Invade the Stage 

By Megan Christians 
Photos: Austin Richardson 
Spread: Laura Armstrong 

This spring, oompa loompas, golden tickets 
and a river of pure chocolate visited Samford's 
campus. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was put 
on by the theatre department and benefited the 
Lovelady Center, a women's shelter in Birming- 

Senior Theatre major Natalie Saxon, who 
directed the play as her senior project, chose the 
Lovelady Center because she was "moved by 
what the organization stands for and the impact 
it's had on so many women's lives." The center 
houses women and their children while they get 
back on their feet after they are released from 
prison. During the three performances in Ben- 
jamin F. Harrison Theatre, raffles and contests 
such as guessing the number of Gobstoppers in 
the fish bowl were held in order to raise money 
for the center. There was also a private perfor- 
mance for the women and children. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was com- 
prised of a cast of 25 students and child ac- 
tors. The production had a minimal set which 
allowed the audience members to take on an 
active part by engaging their imaginations. If one 
looked past the oompa loompas, there were also 
important life lessons to be learned. "It's such 
a creative way for children to be taught moral 
lessons," Saxon said. "You know, lessons about 
the importance of reading and not watching too 
much television." 

Students who had the opportunity to see 
the play said it reminded them of the movie and 
book when they were children. "It was very clev- 
erly done," junior graphic design major Jessica 
Snow said. "It had all the magic of the movie, 
but because it was on stage, there was a twist." 

Through Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 
Samford helped raise awareness and support 
for an important cause while students received 
the benefit of seeing a thoroughly entertaining 
performance. "I am very excited by how original 
and fresh our approach to the play was," said 
Saxon, "and that I got to be involved in a The- 
atre production that went beyond the univer- 




By Megan Christians and Michelle Kelly 
Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The Samford Theatre department is known for thinking outside the 
box. This belief was proven through their production of the play Copenha- 
gen, which was performed in March at the Samford planetarium. 

The play was written by Michael Frayn and was based on a meeting 
between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen, 
Denmark in 1941. It debuted in London in 1998 and on Broadway in 2000 
and won numerous Tony awards. 

Matt Godfrey chose to direct the play for his senior project and assem- 
bled a cast of senior Theatre majors including Natalie Saxon as Margrethe 
Bohr, Brad Roller as Heisenberg and John Cooley as Bohr. They joined fel- 
low senior Theatre major Maria Williams who served as the stage manager. 

This group of seniors brought a wealth of experience to the production. 
Williams, who has acted as stage manager for three other Samford plays 
including The Secret Garden and One Flew over the Cuckoo 's Nest, has nothing 
but the highest opinion for the group she worked with on Copenhagen. 
"When it comes to the actors, it was a coincidence that they were all 
seniors, but the play could not have been acted by anyone else," said Wil- 
liams. "These three actors are the cream of our crop and no one could have 
done a better job from our department." 

Having such a small cast to work with was both a challenging and re- 
warding experience for Saxon. "It is harder in the sense that, the less people 
that are cast, the larger the role and the greater the responsibility. With 
such a challenging show like Copenhagen, it was great that there was such a 
high level of trust between the actors," Saxon said. 

During its run in London and Broadway, Copenhagen was performed 
in the round. To achieve the same effect at Samford, the planetarium was 
used to create an intimate space for both the actors and the audience. "It 
was a unique feeling having a play performed in the planetarium," said 
Emma Breeden, a sophomore elementary education major. "But I liked it 
because there was more of a connection with the characters. The perfor- 
mance seemed to be directed personally to you." 

For some this performance was a long time coming. "I know that Matt 
has wanted to do this play since his sophomore year," Williams said. And 
what better way to end a senior year then with a story of friendship, sci- 
ence and the belief in fate. 



A Piece of My Heart 

By Michelle Kelly 
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Samford students are used to seeing a slightly disproportionate amount 
of females to males on campus, but the Samford Theatre production of 
the play A Piece of My Heart took it one step further with almost an entire 
female cast portraying the lives of women who served in the Vietnam War. 

The play, which was written by Shirley Lauro, was held in Bolding 
Studio on April 10-13. The small studio provided an intimate setting that 
allowed the audience to easily connect with the small seven-person cast. 
The story followed six different women who held jobs from nurses to mu- 
sic performers who were brought over to Vietnam to entertain the troops. 
The plot jumped from woman to woman as their stories were told before, 
during and after the war. 

Kelli Winn, a junior theatre and journalism mass communications 
double major, played Whitney a very proper and educated young woman 
who volunteers with the Red Cross. Winn, despite her experience in several 
other Samford plays, found playing an idealistic woman turned alcoholic 
very difficult. "This role was very different than any other I've played here 
at Samford. It was a challenge; the emotions were really hard to under- 
stand and portray at first, but the more we rehearsed, the better I was able 
to relate to my character,'' Winn said. 

With a play full of violence centered on a controversial war, it had to 
be handled delicately and deliberately by all involved. Kelly Knowlton, a 
senior theatre major and art minor, made her directing debut with A Piece 
of My Heart. She believes that hearing the stories of those who have served 
in the military helps to understand how they felt and what they went 

Daniel King, a freshman theatre major, was the only male actor in the 
production and played a variety of different American men. Going into the 
play as both a freshman and the only male actor could have been intimi- 
dating, but King handled it well. "A Piece of My Heart was both a challenge 
and then again not hard for me at all. I didn't find it difficult to work in an 
all-female cast, because I knew every talented lady in the show as well as 
the director prior to the show. Now, playing about sixteen different charac- 
ters, on the other hand, took more work for me to do well," King said. 

All in all, portraying such a wide range of emotions during a very dif- 
ficult time in American history was a growing experience for the cast and 
allowed them to realize the sacrifices that have been made by America's 
servicemen and women. "I don't think it's possible for any of us to com- 
pletely understand what happened to those who served in Vietnam, or any 
other war, for that matter," said Winn. "But, what we can do is listen to 
their stories and acknowledge the hardships they faced and the sacrifices 
they made for our country. Vets deserve our respect, no matter what our 
stances may be on war." 




Cinderella: Things are Happening 


By Michelle Kelly 

Photos: Courtesy of the Theatre Department 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Complete with a lost glass slipper and 
handsome prince, the Samford University 
Theatre Department put their own spin on 
the well-known and loved story of Cinder- 

The cast and crew of Cinderella put on 
both matinee and evening performances of 
the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein's play 
May 1-4. The play featured a large cast with 
the main roles of Cinderella, the Prince and 
the Queen each being played by two actors 
who alternated performances. Barbara Cline 
and Christina Myers played Cinderella, 
Murphy Maddox and Jordan Bondurant 
played the Prince and Samantha Chambers 
and Alexandra Tate played the role of the 

Emily Hoppe, a ]unior music and theatre 
double major, played the Fairy Godmother, 
a beloved character with a new twist. "My 
character seemed to be a big hit with older 
audiences, because it was different from the 
classic, sweet Godmother," Hoppe said. 

The cast and crew performed several 
matinee performances so that local school 
groups could come and see the play. Despite 
performing a well known story to a group 
of children who would surely have a lot of 
prior knowledge about the classic Disney 
tale. Dr. Don Sandley, the play's director, 
did not decide to stick to the usual telling. 

"Dr. Sandley recognized that we were 
doing a very well-known story and made a 
conscious decision to put his own spin on 
it," said Hoppe. "He gave the characters a 
new depth, and it was exciting to play with 
that. It was interesting to see the differ- 
ent ways the audiences of children would 
react to the performances compared to the 
evening audiences of students and other 




2008 Year in Review 

By Allyson Dewell 

Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

At Samford: 

October 17, 2007 

Samford Opens $32 
Million Pete Hanna 

November 21, 2007 

Samford's New Fitness/ 
Wellness Center Opens 

December 5, 2007 

Nursing School Offers 
Doctor of Nursing 
Practice Degree 

January 2, 2008 

Samford Celebrates 
166th Anniversary of its 




January 28, 2008 

Business School 
becomes Brock School 
of Business 

February 20, 2008 

Emergency Alert Service 

March 9, 2008 

Ramsey dorm collapses 

March 28, 2008 

Samford Dedicates 
Brewer Plaza 

April 21, 2008 

Samford Announces 
New 'School of the 
Arts' Name 


Around the World: 


How important are young people's votes'?- 
This year, people our age were actively involved 
in the debate process for both parties as the popu- 
lar and Anderson Cooper hosted a 
unique and historical political debate. People were 
allowed to ask questions directly to candidates al- 
lowing citizens to ask the real questions and con- 
cerns that people from all over the country had. 
Heated debates, advertisements and speeches 
have kept us involved in a historical race. By early 
summer 2008, the race was limited to an exciting 
race between Senator Barack Obama and Senator 
John McCain. 


Oil prices continue to rise throughout the year increasing gas prices across the country. Going into summer, the average gas 
price across the nation was over $4. These prices have had an impact on travel and basic amenities that we use in every day life 
due to the increase in energy prices. 


The new iPhone sweeps the nation as people combine all of their favorite 
products into one. The phone has music and photo storage capabilities and Inter- 
net connections. It has nifty features that are like no other phone product on the 
market and is continuing to improve and grow. 


The world sits back in awe of the ridiculousness of Hol- 
lywood news. Brittney Spears continues to appear across 
magazines and newspapers as we watch her custody battle 
of her children and her outrageous actions throughout the 
year. Lindsay Lohan continues this negative trend as we 
watch her going in and out of rehab. Jamie Lynn Spears, a 
teen star on Nickelodeon, gives birth to a baby girl, leading 
to many questions about her role as a popular teenager on 
the TV show Zoey 101. 


50 th Anniversary on Lakeshore Campus: 
A History of Vision 

By Caroline Poole 

Photos: Courtesy of Sam ford University and Austin Richardson 

Spread: Austin Hichardson 

On June 11, 1953 the leaders of Howard 
College broke ground on the site that currently 
houses the Samford University campus. The first 
building on the Lakeshore campus, Samford Hall, 
was dedicated in 1955 and the school officially 
moved to the location in 1957. Standing on the 
sprawling campus 50 years later, it's easy to see 
that we've come a long way from little Marion, 
Alabama, thanks to the vision of many along the 

In 1841 a group of influential leaders in the 
state chartered Howard College to be opened 
on January 3, 1842. Their vision was to found a 
religious institution of higher learning for men. 
On the Marion campus the college survived fire, 
war and reconstruction. Matching with the 
times of mass migration to cities and having a 
vision for the future, Howard moved to the East 
Lake campus in Birmingham in 1887. 

The years on the East Lake campus were 
marked by many changes. Women were allowed 
to start attending in 1895 but the college didn't 
officially become co-education until 1913. The 
Teacher Education Division (now the Orlean Bill- 
iard Beeson School of Education) was established 
in 1920 and the Division of Pharmacy (now the 
McWhorter School of Pharmacy) was established 
in 1927. The Great Depression and World War II 
saw a decline in enrollment. However, thanks to 
Howard's leaders, especially President Harwell 
Goodwin Davis (1939-1957), the vision did not 
die. They lobbied for programs that saw an in- 
crease in enrollment and funds that would mean 
even more changes. 

In the late 1940s, the Trustees and leaders 
began discussing yet another move. This time 
they were looking at a spot on the Cahaba River 
in the growing area in Shades Valley just south 
of Birmingham. With the ground breaking in 
1953, the Georgian-Colonial campus began 
taking shape under Davis's vision. The leader- 
ship wanted to create a beautiful atmosphere 
conducive to learning and excelling. To this day, 
every building on campus has been built out of 
the Georgian-Colonial style, and it adds so much 
to the mood of the campus. 



On the Lakeshore campus, the little school 
from Marion has come into its prime. In 1961, 
the college acquired the Cumberland School of 
Law from Lebanon, Tennessee. It was renamed 
Samford University, after Trustee and benefactor 
Frank Samford, in 1965 when it gained Univer- 
sity status after reinstating the Masters program. 
In 1973, the Ida V Moffett School of Nursing 
was acquired from the Baptist Medical Center of 
Birmingham, and in 1988, thanks to the gener- 
ous donation from Ralph W Beeson's estate, the 
Beeson School of Divinity was founded. 

In 2003, the Board of Trustees approved a 
multiyear improvement plan for the campus. 
Since The Promise's inception, the Pete Hanna 
Center and Jane Hollock Brock Hall have now 
been added to the landscape. In addition, there is 
now a new Tennis Center and expanded parking 
facilities. There is astroturf on the football field 
and all classes will now be able to graduate on 
campus thanks to the 5,000 seating capacity in 
the Thomas E. and Maria H. Corts Arena. 

With over 4,400 students from 39 different 
states and 30 foreign countries, the future looks 
bright for Samford University, and it's all thanks 
to the people who've loved it enough to have a 


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Safe Just Got Safer 

By Matt Robertson 
Photo and Spread Austin Richardson 

The focus on safety and security on college campuses is of utmost importance in this day and age. 
With unfortunate events like the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois tragedies, as well as the violent 
acts like Columbine, the need for a structured law enforcement team on college campuses is a high 
priority. At Samford University, the Campus Safety unit strives to provide the safest and most secure 
environment possible for its students. 

When the Virginia Tech tragedy occurred, law enforcement teams on many college campuses be- 
gan to look at their own policies and operations as a way to provide a secure environment at all costs. 
Although security can never be guaranteed, campus safety units are finding new and improved ways 
to keep everyone on their campuses safe. In the same way, the Campus Safety team at Samford made 
many changes this year as a result of those tragedies. 

Campus Safety Director Bobby Breed has been instrumental in policy change for the Samford 
unit. According to Breed, one of the things he is trying to implement for Samford is the use of 
surveillance cameras. "I firmly believe that surveillance cameras will help deter a lot of the property 
crimes that occur on campus," Breed said. 

Along with surveillance, the university installed a text messaging alert service in the spring. This 
service will allow Campus Safety to communicate safety emergencies in the area to students as well 
as faculty and staff, via e-mail and cell phone. 

Various changes have also been made concerning new divisions within campus safety. Breed said, 
"On June 1, 2007, I was able to add three new folks to my department. Two of those will be dedicat- 
ed to a Campus Safety Traffic Division." Another change came in the form of the Dorm Patrol poli- 
cies that are now being implemented. Breed was able to assign officers to work alongside members 
of Residence Life on a daily basis. This in turn provided a much safer environment in and around the 
dorm areas. 

Some of the changes within the individual department came in the form of officer modification. 
Campus Safety went to new, more noticeable uniforms this past year as well as added self-defense 
training for students on campus. The free classes, taught and instructed by Campus Safety officers, 
give students the opportunities to learn important skills and maneuvers should they themselves ever 
be placed in a crisis situation. This new opportunity for students has been a tremendous way to 
make Samford a safer place. 

The changes during the fall were not the only ones in the plans for Campus Safety. In the spring, 
Breed initiated a night-walk program. "The officers assigned to this program will meet monthly with 
Residence Life staff. During those monthly meetings, Campus Safety Officers and Residence Life 
staff will tour each residential area on-campus. During each tour, we will be looking for areas where 
we believe safety could be an issue for our students and members of the faculty and staff. If any areas 
are identified as a potential trouble spot, appropriate action will be taken," said Breed. 

From changes within campus safety to defense courses helping students, all of the policy changes 
over the past year have put Samford one foot closer to being as safe as possible. When more improve- 
ments are made, the risk of danger drops dramatically. Campus Safety is doing all they can to make 
this university a safer place in an effort to avoid tragedies like Virginia-Tech and Northern Illinois. 



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O'Henry's Coffee: 
SamforcTs New Addiction 

Photos & Story By Jordan Jarvis 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Nestled in the heart of Homewood, the original O'Henry's coffee shop 
has been a favorite among couples on dates, college students cramming for 
finals and high school students' post-Friday night football games for the 
past 14 years. Known for its chill yet eclectic atmosphere, O'Henry's is 
also loved for its fine coffee, specialty drinks and the warm chocolate chip 
cookies served daily at 3 p.m., on a "first come, first served" basis. So what 
was the attraction of bringing the locally owned brew of O'Henry's to 
Samford's big, busy campus 1 ? 

In early 2006, Samford presented owners Randy and Mary Adamy with 
the idea of bringing the local flavor of O'Henry's to the caffeine-crazed 
college scene because of the many requests and desires Samford students 
expressed for an on-campus coffee shop. Since its opening in November 
2006, O'Henry's at Samford has been met with nothing less than booming 
business and expressions of joy as students happily sipped lattes on their 
way to class or chatted with a professor over a blueberry scone. O'Henry's 
even allowed students to pay using their Samford ID card, leading many 
students to quickly discover a new source of draining all those food court 

Samford students and faculty frequented O'Henry's weekly, if not 
daily Freshman journalism/mass communications major Daniel Lee 
stated, "Pretty much everyday except Sundays, I got a dark roast cup of 
coffee or occasionally a cappuccino. I love coffee; it wakes me up but it's 
just too much trouble to make it in my room. Plus, I'm addicted!" Even 
students who had no love for or addiction to coffee have enjoyed the new 
addition to the food court, one being sophomore English major Christine 
Taylor. Though not a huge coffee fan, Taylor said, "I loved being able to 
come in and buy a scone and customize my own drink." 

Operated by Samford's Campus Dining, the coffee was brought in fresh 
from Red Mountain Coffee Roasters, the same locally-owned company 
that supplies the downtown Homewood O'Henry's with its coffee. 
Samford's O'Henry's also offered flavored coffees, frozen drinks, fruit 
smoothies, fresh pastries and tasty desserts. It even sold its most popular 
gourmet coffee, including O'Henry's House Blend, Anniversary Blend and 
Christmas Blend, each by the pound, for students and faculty to enjoy the 
bold and unique flavors in the comfort of their own dorm room or home. 

O'Henry's also provided Samford students with the opportunity 
to work as baristas. Senior history major Christina Mosley, who began 
working at O'Henry's shortly after it opened in 2006, said, "I liked getting 
to see all the different students and faculty and learning how to do latte 
art," as she displayed a latte with a white heart shaped in the foam. Latte 
art, come to find out, is the making of designs in the foam on the top of a 
latte, in which one either pours milk in the latte at certain angles to create 
such images as flowers and hearts, or uses an instrument of some kind to 
construct an image in the foam. 

Senior economics major Stephen Gunter had also been employed at 


O'Henry's since its opening. He said. "I really 
liked the hours, my boss and coworkers and get- 
ting to see so many people everyday." Students 
and faculty enjoyed being greeted by familiar, 
helpful and smiling faces everyday whether 
simply casting a smile their way or helping cus- 
tomers make tough ordering decisions. "They're 
always personable enough to help me find 
exactly what I want," said Taylor. 

As O'Henry's kept serving the Samford com- 
munity, its popularity continued to grow. One 
could see O'Henry's cups everywhere from pro- 
fessors' hands to abandoned cups on the quad. 
And perhaps one of these days, all those who 
have no appreciation for that delectable little 
bean will surely see the light. Due to Gunter's 
distaste for coffee, when asked what his favorite, 
special drink was, he simply stated, "My coffee 
house specialty^ Cleaning the creamer canis- 
ters." And with that, he returned to his rigorous 
work with a smirk on his face and a rag in his 


Samford Goes Green 

ByLindsey Vaughan 

Photo Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Green is more than just a color these days. This year, Samford made great strides in the global move- 
ment of "Going Green." Going Green involves any action that you take to help protect the environment. 
This can be anything from turning off a light you are not using to recycling an aluminum can. It is all 
about respecting your resources, conserving them and showing consideration for the world around you. 

Sophomore journalism and mass communication major Lydia Hignite has a passion for environmental 
concerns. "I love the fact that Going Green is becoming popular. I think our culture is becoming aware of 
the harm we've done to the environment now that we are finally starting to see the effects," she said. 

As the concern over things like the disappearing ozone and global warming grow, people are starting to 
take more notice of environmental issues. We are constantly learning new ways to help protect the envi- 
ronment and reduce the damage we cause to the earth. "We have now realized that we cannot keep going 
on this way, and we have to make some changes," Hignite said. 

Making these changes is easier than you may think and is starting to become prevalent across Sam- 
ford's campus. This year, students all over campus served as good examples of this fact. Many Samford 
students made an effort to Go Green in various ways. Students made efforts to take shorter showers, un- 
plug electronic devices when they were not using them and walk to the Caf for dinner instead of driving. 
These ideas are just a few of the simple ways you can get involved in helping to care for the environment. 

Samford even created a website,, as an aid to the Go Green initiative. The 
website offers links to other Green-related websites, detailed ways in which you can get involved in the 
movement and ways Samford has gotten involved. Samford has taken huge steps to help protect the envi- 
ronment in many different ways around campus. 

Campus Dining is one of the areas on campus that took a big step toward Going Green this year. 
Campus Dining purchases all of its produce from local farmers, which reduces fuel used for transporting 
produce long distances. This year, Campus Dining also began to recycle all of its used cardboard mate- 
rial. Landscaping Services stopped its use of certain herbicides. Printing Services went entirely digital and 
discontinued its use of a great amount of chemicals used in printing. Campus Services began to use many 
Green cleaning products. Samford even installed water-saving washing machines in the laundry rooms 
across campus. The new washing machines use approximately 25% less water than standard washing 

One of the biggest ways in which Samford joined the Go Green movement this year was the addition 
of on-campus recycling bins, which are located behind the University Center. There are separate bins to 
collect paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic. Senior English major Brandon Vaughan and his roommates 
had been separating recyclable products from their trash for a while. For a long time they had to take the 
products to a recycling center downtown. This proved to be very inconvenient and often their recycling 
would begin to pile up. The pileup sometimes caused them to end up throwing away many of their recy- 
clable products. Vaughan and his roommates were very pleased with the new addition of the recycling bins 
behind the University Center. 

"The new recycling bins on campus make it a lot easier for us to recycle because we don't have to make 
a special trip. I think this will encourage a lot of other students to start recycling, since they don't even 
have to leave campus to do it," Vaughan said. This is one of the easiest ways in which students can get 
involved with Samford's efforts to Go Green. 

Going Green is a great initiative in which anyone can easily become involved. Samford has clearly real- 
ized this and is continually on the lookout for more opportunities to help protect the environment. Even a 
small effort to help can truly make an enormous difference. Samford students appreciate the changes that 
have been made on campus and are looking forward to those in the future. As Hignite said, "Samford is 
definitely taking a step in the right direction." 


Catching the 
Ear of God 

On Monday nights at 9 p.m., Burns Hall room 204 became 
holy ground. Students entered the dimly-lit classroom, 
removed their shoes and quietly engaged in prayer while soft 
worship flowed from guitar strings. They weren't coming 
to fulfill a Convocation credit or because all their friends 
were there — they came because they were hungry to know 
God. The following night, another group of students from 
all different grades met together in Reid chapel, but this time, 
upbeat worship music poured from an iPod and was mingled 
with loud prayers of intercession for salvations and a desire to 
know God as students sat, paced or kneeled. 

"My heart for this campus is to see people come to a 
true revelation of the knowledge of God," said sophomore 
communication studies major Stephen Williams. "Only then 
can people have a true relationship." Many groups like these 
found their way onto Samford's campus, bearing no specific 
affiliation with a campus ministry or organization, yet made 
one thing clear — the time has come to pray 

In the past couple of years, sporadic praying communi- 
ties have sprung-up all over Samford's campus, in addition 

Photos & Story By Jordan Jarvis 
Spread Austin Richardson 

to already established campus prayer events such as morning 
prayer in Hodges Chapel or global prayer through Univer- 
sity Ministries. But many students on Samford's campus 
seemed to be crying out for more — more encounter with 
God, more changed lives, more passion to know Jesus and be 
transformed into his likeness. So what sparked this growing 
number of Samford students that they would suddenly send 
a mass text message to inform friends about a prayer meeting 
on the quad or even turn a casual hang-out time into a fer- 
vent prayer meeting^ And why were they willing to sacrifice 
study sessions, hang-out time with friends and sometimes 
even sleep to prayi "I consider everything a loss compared to 
the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, 
for whose sake I have lost all things," said sophomore history 
major Ellen Davis, quoting Philippians 3:8. "We are hungering 
after the Lord and nothing compares to that." 

The actual prayer meetings themselves were each unique 
in size, style, and length, but all were pursuing to know God's 
heart. Many students who lived together on campus would 
regularly gather together as a suite to encourage one another 

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in the Lord and pray for their peers for a few minutes before 
class. Some gathered in the food court certain mornings of 
the week to plead before God for revival to come to the cam- 
pus. Other groups met in classrooms and interceded for the 
nations and missionaries late into the night. And the beauty 
of this whole thing is that an exact number could not be 
placed on how many groups there actually were. There were 
countless other clusters of people, big and small, gathering 
together and offering up prayers for salvation, revival and true 
intimacy with Jesus. 

Another unique aspect to these sporadic prayer meetings 
was the sense of community the participants felt with one 
another. According to Davis, "Real church is happening right 
here, and I love it." Sophomore international relations major 
Janell King felt similar to Davis. "In our prayer gatherings, 
there was a strong sense of community. It was so encourag- 
ing to meet with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and 
have conversations with God about anything and everything. 
Those prayer gatherings are transforming the lives of the stu- 
dents and faculty here at Samford. It's transforming Birming- 
ham. It's affecting the lives of those globally." 

There is indeed a global movement that is taking place 
among young adults and especially those on college campuses 
around the United States. Amongst the most entertained and 
material generation, large numbers of students have refused 
to be fascinated and fulfilled by earthly pleasures and desires, 
and they have turned their faces towards Jesus, buying-in to 
his ways and finding their fulfillment in him alone. 

Naturally, one will always do something if he or she 
believes it will work, and according to this growing number of 
praying students, the same went for prayer. "My greatest de- 
sire is that Samford students would see that God would do far 
more than we could ask or imagine, we just have to believe," 
said Davis. For these students, prayer was more than just a 
once a week activity that they did to feel comforted or out of 
some obligation, but it became a lifestyle. King said, "There is 
power and strength and love when the body of Christ comes 
together. The Sprit moves and things happen!" 

Several students on campus planned to rally as many of 
these independent prayer groups together to have twenty- 
four hours of unbroken prayer on campus in the fall. "My 
desire is for intimacy with Jesus, intercession and for my 
heart to be set ablaze for loving people," said Williams. And 
as more and more prayer springs up at Samford University, 
there is a sure sense that God is moving and hearts are, in- 
deed, being set ablaze. 


Why I Chose Samford 

by Matt Robertson 
Photo Design and Spread: Austin Richardson 

A small liberal arts college nestled away in Birmingham, yet known throughout the nation, 
enrolling about 4,000 students each year. So why in the world did all these people from across all 
parts of the nation and even the world choose Samford 1 ?- The following are responses from various 
students with various backgrounds and various interests. This is why they chose Samford: 

Steven Williams, an independent sophomore, said, "My sister went here, and the city of Birming- 
ham was new and away from my hometown of Knoxville. It was a new challenge with new people, 
and I fit really well here." 

Andy King, a sophomore basketball player from Omaha, Nebraska, said, "I really chose Samford 
because I could play ball here, but the girl to guy ratio isn't so bad either." 

Gaby Bermudez, also a sophomore basketball player from Miami, Florida, said, "Samford gave me 
the awesome opportunity to meet people outside the Hispanic community." 

Luke Swilley, a Georgia native, chose Samford, "because it came highly recommended, and the 
cafeteria food is amazing." 

Cameron Campbell, a Hoover Alabama native, said he chose Samford because, "It's a great school 
with a great academic reputation. It has also been a great school for the community of Birmingham." 

David Presley, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, decided to travel the many miles to Samford because he 
believes, "It is a great environment, not too big, not too small, and it's a place I saw myself leaving in 
four maybe five years as a better person." 

Kendall Baker, another sophomore Birmingham native, chose Samford because, "I was going to 
either do missions or school straight out of high school. My parents made me choose school, so I 
chose Samford because I wanted to go where I didn't know anyone. All my friends went to Alabama 
or Auburn, and I wanted to start fresh." 

Dani Johns, a sophomore from Chicago, chose Samford through lots of prayer. "My twin sister 
and I wanted to go to school together, and we really tried to give it up to God. This is where we 
believe we are supposed to be," Johns said. 

Maddy Walker, a junior from Fayetteville, Georgia, said, "This is really the only place I could get 
in, so... yeah." 

Jesse Walsh, a junior from Orlando, Florida, said. "Samford was the perfect place for me because I 
felt like I fit in here. I did not want to be some number at a huge school. I really felt like Samford pro- 
vided me the opportunity to make this my school and could give me a personal feel in the classrooms 
and with friends. I felt like I could build relationships better at Samford than at a bigger school." 

The reasons why this small sample of Samford students chose this university are simple. How- 
ever, each had their own particular desires, goals, thoughts and plans that they considered before 
making their decision. The most interesting thing about this group is how Samford provided oppor- 
tunities for these people to connect. Samford brought them all together from across the nation and 
they'll always have that one thing in common; they were all at one time a Samford student. 


Brock Brings New Business 

By Matt Robertson 
Photos: Sarah Andrews 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

This past year, the Samford University business program has undergone 
many changes. The greatest change within the program was the renaming 
of the school and the contributions from the Brock family. On December 
4, 2007, the Samford business program became The Brock School of Busi- 
ness in honor of banking legend Harry B. Brock Jr. Because Mr. Brock is a 
respected individual within many business circles, contributions and a new 
title provide Samford with greater recognition and exposure throughout 
the state and even nation. 

The main goal and vision of The Brock School of Business is a focus 
on developing entrepreneurship skills for students to use in the future. 
Currently, the Brock School of Business has 23 faculty members, but hopes 
to hire three more full-time faculty members, specifically for the entre- 
preneurship program. Building practical skills withm the program that 
students can use to start their own businesses is what entrepreneurship at 
Brock is all about. 

Starting new businesses is not the only new thing that has been going 
on at The Brock School of Business this past year. An endowment program 
started by Mr. Brock himself has been provided to allow future opportuni- 
ties for many Samford students. Mr. Brock hopes that one day the endow- 
ment will yield over $100 million. Trustees involved in the business school 
believe that once the $100 million is attained, Samford could be considered 
in the top 25 of other higher business institutions in the entire nation. For 
a private Christian institution, this progress is an exceptional accomplish- 

During a business convocation at the beginning of this year, President 
Westmoreland commended Mr. Brock for his involvement concerning the 
new changes. "Harry Brock is synonymous with Alabama business and 
banking, and fortunately for us, with Samford University for more than 50 
years," said Westmoreland. "He is the consummate example of the entre- 
preneurial spirit and ethical business practice, and it is fitting that his name 
will be affiliated with Samford's Christian mission." 

The changes within the business program are bringing Samford into a 
new season regarding the program. The changes give Samford a new look 
and a very positive future within the school of business. It will be interest- 
ing to see where these new developments take the school over the next few 
decades and the many prospective opportunities that Samford students 
will be able to accomplish. 


Famous People from Samford 

By Caroline Poole 

Photo: Bob Miller 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Most Samford students are very familiar with the problem of having to 
explain to people where exactly they go to school. "No, no I go to SAMford 
not STANford." It is easy to think that other schools have it easy because 
they can say, "I go to Bear Bryant's school" or "I go to Charles Barkley's 
school." However, Samford students might have it easier than they think. 
The next time someone asks, "Who goes to Samford^" here is a list of 
impressive names you can drop. 

Cortland Finnigan is a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans and a for- 
mer Samford football player. During his senior year at Samford, Finnigan 
was named First Team All-American and was one of the all-time best OVC 
players. He was an education major and a family studies minor. Profes- 
sors remember him as "just an all around good guy." If this isn't enough to 
impress, just tell people that on September 16, 2007, he intercepted a pass 
thrown by none other than Super Bowl MVP Payton Manning. 

The award winning band Little Big Town has toured all over the world 
and released multiple CDs. Their songs are played on the radio, and any 
country music fan can easily pick them out because of their intricate 
harmonies. One might be surprised to know that Karen Fairchild and 
Kimberly Schlapman, the two female members of the band, started singing 
together during their days right here at Samford University. If it had not 
been for Samford, then there never would have been a Little Big Town. 

If people still need convincing, ask them if they have a sense of humor. 
If they do, tell them to check out Tony Hale on the TV show Arrested 
Development. Hale is a graduate of Samford and an alum of Sigma Chi. He 
has appeared or is going to appear in over 30 productions and is the proud 
father of a little girl. 

Everyone loves a good chicken sandwich from Chik-fil-a. Thanks to 
Truett Cathy, the world has come to appreciate a good piece of chicken. 
While he's not a Samford alum, several of his descendents have attended 
the university, and he himself has been a frequent visitor. He has spoken 
at several events and has become quite the fixture around campus. Even 
when he's not around in person, he's not far from students' minds as the 
delicious aromas of Chik-fil-a fill the food court. 

So now when people say, "Why Samfordv" there are several answers to 
help clue them in. Samford may be small, but quite a few influential people 
have left these gates. Be proud of being a Bulldog, and who knows, maybe 
someday you'll be on the famous people page in Entre Nous. 



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Samford University has not only attracted, but produced 
great artists who contribute to both the Samford and Bir- 
mingham communities. As technology is rising and changing, 
the demand for quality art and graphics remains the same, 
but has conveniently become accessible to just about anyone. 
Overnight, amateur film makers have become known world- 
wide through YouTube. The affordability and easy use of 
digital cameras and Photoshop has suddenly made everyone 
a great photographer. Many students here at Samford pos- 
sess these extraordinary art talents. Here are three student's 
stories who are working their way into the Birmingham art 

Do you ever wonder who is behind the video productions 
of Step Sing and Miss Samford^ Or how about the maker 
of the creative images that appear on screen during these 
popular Samford events^ Well, wonder no longer ladies and 
gentlemen, as you are introduced to senior English major 
Kyle Mykitta. He has played a crucial and creative role in the 
Samford community in assisting with video production, using 
both skill and excellence. 

Although Kyle Mykitta has grown to be a popular name 
associated with media images at Samford, his interest and 
talent doesn't end there. Mykitta also enjoys making films, 
doing 3-D modeling and even painting and drawing. "I like to 
get my hands into as many mediums as possible," said Mykit- 
ta. "For the most part, the things I do are somewhat dark. I 
love contrast, and my videos tend to have a great deal of that 
in them." Mykitta has been working in video production for 
the past six years and 3-D modeling for the past two years. 

Beyond the Samford community, Mykitta's work is also 
making headway into the Birmingham community. He has 

already entered one piece into the Birmingham Sidewalk Film 
Festival, an annual event that encourages amateur filmmaking 
in the Birmingham community, and has also had the opportu- 
nity to assist a local church in their video needs. 

When asked where he sees the future of video production, 
Mykitta said, "I think there is definitely a future for the me- 
dium, especially with YouTube and Google video on the rise. 
It's put production into the hands of the untrained individu- 
als and given students like myself a way to express themselves 
without breaking the bank." 

For senior graphic design major Megan Marr, an old, 
empty milk jug or a discarded Pringles can are not just pieces 
of unwanted trash, but works of art waiting to be uncov- 
ered. Though skilled in both painting and photography, Marr 
mainly specializes in recycled folk art. 

"I seek to take items that are normally discarded and make 
them into something useful to society, even if it doesn't look 
like something artsy," said Marr. "For instance, I make plant- 
ers out of milk jugs, water bottles and anything else I can get 
my hands on. I enjoy creating things for the outdoors like 
signs with encouraging images or words. I'm very interested 
in recycling and reusing, and I attempt to always look at 
things in order to find their hidden usability." 

Marr has also made such items as coffee cup holders out 
of empty Pringles cans. And in a time when so many are 
"going green," Marr attempts to help preserve the environ- 


ment. "The temporality of recycled art is what inspires me; I 
feel that my experience as an artist has taught me that often 
art is something cherished, taken care of, and because of that, 
sometimes not experienced as it should be. With recycled art, 
no one feels guilty using it or allowing it to be destroyed. You 
just throw it away and make something else," said Marr. 

Though Marr enjoys this medium of art at the moment, 
she does admit that her "taste in styles is constantly chang- 
ing." Marr's art has also been introduced to the Birmingham 
community. She participated in Artwalk in 2006 for pho- 
tography and had her photographs displayed in the 5 Points 
Starbucks in Birmingham, where her recycled art is currently 

"When that trend is replaced by another, I don't think 
that my recycled art will be as popular, but I will continue 
to do it and maybe it will remind people that even if being 
'green' is no longer trendy, they should still be concerned and 
do what they can to recycle and reuse," said Marr. 

Many people around Samford are familiar with the face 
of Bob Miller, or at least the name. This senior graphic design 
major was no exception to the age where practically every 
kid owned a plastic, disposable camera. "I've been looking at 
compositions my whole life. I've pressed shutters and buttons 
on disposable plastic things since childhood," said Miller. But 
it wasn't until about two years ago that Miller even began to 
intentionally pursue photography as an art. 

Using both film and digital photography, Miller has 
learned that good photography comes not only from training 
one's eye to see life through the lens of a camera, but it also 
requires motivation and creativity. "Photography requires 
you to get up and go. You can't make compelling pictures 
when you don't look for compelling subjects," said Miller. 

As he has become more involved with the Birmingham Art 
Scene/Collective, a group started by a former Samford stu- 
dent who strives to unite and showcase local art and talent, 
Miller had the opportunity to display three large photographs 
at Matthew's Bar and Grill on Morris Avenue in Birmingham. 
But photography has not only served as a creative outlet for 
Miller; it is becoming a means of telling the stories of those 
who are overlooked in society. "On a deeper note, I guess you 
could say it's impossible for the kind of artwork I do not to 
be richly grounded in the community. I'm into document- 
ing things, but not just things, more so people," said Miller. 
"I want to help people understand people better as I want to 
understand them and myself. I've found that the discovery 
process is much more vivid when captured through a lens." 

Miller has documented mission trips and also recently 
traveled to Kenya to photograph the political turmoil taking 
place. "The idea that one can capture the essence of a person, 
a mood, a setting, etc. in a single moment and a single compo- 
sition is beyond fascinating to me, and there is still so much 
to learn," said Miller. 


Bubble Pop: Loved Ones at War 

By Megan Christians 
Photos: Scott Fisk 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Two thousand miles from Birmingham is a land of vast, 
barren desert, a stark difference from the Samford quad. It is 
also a war zone. As college students, most of us forget this 
fact. Unless you watch the news or read the paper, it does not 
affect you. But there are students and even some faculty on 
campus who have close ties to the war. 

Junior nursing major Lauren Heinz is reminded every day 
of the realities of war when she looks at a photograph of her 
boyfriend. Clay is a medic in the National Guard currently 
stationed in Iraq. His platoon protects semi trucks carry- 
ing supplies to and from different cities and bases across the 
country. These "missions" can last anywhere from two to six 

"I get to talk to him everyday, except when he is gone," 
Heinz said. Clay recently left for Iraq and Heinz got to say 
goodbye to him with her family and friends standing beside 
her for support. "My sister and best friends surprised me at 
the airport when I was returning from saying goodbye to 
him," Heinz said. "It was such a relief to see them there when 
I got off the plane. They also took me out to dinner to help 
me keep my mind off of the day." 

Back at Samford, Heinz's sorority sisters have stepped in 
to continue the encouragement. "A couple of my sisters that 
I don't even know very well have sent me emails and letters 
with uplifting scripture verses," Heinz said. 

For junior graphic design major Jessica Snow the war tells 
a different story. "I had a friend from high school join the 
military and was quickly sent overseas," Snow said. "He went 
over to serve and never came home." Twenty-year-old Ste- 
phen Johnson, a marine, was killed while conducting combat 
operations against enemy forces on October 8, 2006. "Our 
high school had a special dedication ceremony by honoring 
him on the 'Wall of Heroes,'" Snow said. 

If you have ever taken a class with art professor Scott Fisk, 
you might not realize his connections with Iraq. Fisk went 
over in 2004 as a photographer in the army. He mostly stays 
quiet about his experience, only occasionally will he mention 
the equipment used as an educational tool for his students. 

These stories tend to stand alone on Samford's campus 
where a majority of people come from the same background 
with similar values. However, if the subject is war, a few 
students are not so conforming. "I don't think the US has had 
a good reason to enter into a war since World War II," senior 
German and Spanish major Stephen Black said. "If they rein- 
stated the draft for a war that I considered we had no reason 
to be in, and I would be drafted, I would seriously consider 
leaving the country." 

For the most part, students have been considerate for 
those personally affected by the war, and the experiences have 
altered the lives of these young individuals. "I don't necessar- 
ily feel as if I've 'broken out of the bubble,' but my world has 
gone from my family, friends and school to the reality that 
there is a war going on overseas that I think people tend to 
forget about on a day to day basis." Heinz said. 



Presidential campaign sparks 
political interest on campus 

By Lmdsey Vaughan 
Photo Illustrations and Spread: Austin Richardson 

On the brink of one of the most interesting and undoubt- 
edly, one of the most exciting presidential elections in Ameri- 
can history, it looks like more college students are getting 
involved than ever before. Students seem to be excited about 
this history making campaign. For the first time in American 
history, not only do we have a black presidential candidate, 
but we have a woman running for president too. Along with 
these monumental changes, new ideas and issues are spring- 
ing up all over the campaign trail, and students seem at- 
tracted to the possibility of major changes being made in our 

Some Samford students took significant roles in the 
presidential campaign this year. Junior political science and 
communication studies major Erin Ramsey was very involved 
with the Barack Obama campaign. A strong Obama support- 
er, Ramsey was eager to get involved with his campaign, but 
wasn't sure how until she was presented with an opportunity 
through a friend. 

Ramsey began as a volunteer at the campaign office in 
downtown Bnmingham, doing things such as making phone 
calls and passing out information door-to-door. As a result of 
her commitment to volunteer work, Ramsey quickly became 
a paid staff member of the Obama campaign. She then moved 
on to doing things such as fundraising, coordinating events 
and even occasionally traveling with the campaign. 

In an effort to spread the word about Obama, Ramsey also 
helped organize a bake sale on campus benefiting his cam- 
paign. "Obama is aiming to make a change and his message is 
contagious. It's something you want to be a part of, and you 
want to do all you can to help," she said. Ramsey is just one 
of the increasing number of college students seeking to be- 
come involved with politics in order to see the changes they'd 
like to see happen. "It's important to get involved because we 
always gripe about the way things are, but don't do anything 
about it. We are the next generation, so it's our responsibility 
to be an active part of it," Ramsey said. 

Senior journalism and mass communication major 
Caroline Bell is another Samford student who has decided to 
make a difference by getting involved with political life. Bell 
has been working with the Republican Party as an intern for 
a year and will be on staff with the party as the Convention 
Coordinator when she graduates. The position will put her 
in charge of the delegates' trip to the Republican National 
Convention in Minneapolis-Saint Paul in September. 

Bell found out about the opportunity to become involved 
with the Republican Party through a friend in the political 
science department. Working with the party has been an 
incredible opportunity for Bell. "I have learned so much about 
the political system," she said. Bell has also had the oppor- 
tunity to meet important political figures such as Alabama's 
Governor Bob Riley and even President George W Bush. 

Not only are students becoming actively involved with 
the presidential campaign, they are also getting excited about 
voting. Voting is a simple and very accessible way to get 
involved with the political process, and evidence suggests that 
college students all across America are thinking about voting 
more than ever before. 

Samford was even fortunate enough to have Republican 
presidential candidate Mike Huckabee visit campus this year. 
On January 26, Huckabee visited the Brock Recital Hall and 
spoke about his presidential platform. The visit garnered a 
lot of media attention and undoubtedly attracted Samford 
students' attention to the presidential campaign. 

Senior theatre major Maria Williams acknowledges that 
our nation seems to be at a turning point and is looking for- 
ward to exercising her right to vote once again. "I'll be voting 
because I want to use the freedom I'm given as a citizen of 
the United States to do so," she said. 

One of the reasons so many more college students seem 
to be interested in voting this year is because of the current 
state of our nation and the future they see themselves quickly 
becoming a part of. "It's important for college students to 
vote now because whoever is elected is going to determine 
the direction this country goes in, and this is going to be an 
important factor as students go out into the work force," 
sophomore business management major Walt Reed said. As 
people all across America seem to understand what a differ- 
ence can be made with just one vote, college students all over 
the nation seem to be following the trend too. 

The closer we get to the end of our college years, the more 
we are forced to think about our futures, and becoming in- 
volved in politics is just one way to actively take part in shap- 
ing those futures. During this exciting year in politics, many 
Samford students jumped at the opportunity to get involved. 
Numerous students have been eager to take advantage of the 
chance to be a part of the political process, and neanng the 
dawn of one of America's most exciting presidential elections 
in history, even more students have joined them. As Ramsey 
said, "Nobody's going to make our future better for us except 


Greek Weekend: ATL Style 

ByAshlyn Stallings 

Photos: Courtesy of PHC and Austin Richardson 

Spread: Austin Hichardson 

The road from Birmingham to Atlanta saw 
plenty of Samford bumper stickers one Septem- 
ber afternoon. Greeks and non-Greeks escaped 
the Birmingham scene for a weekend to enjoy 
Atlanta and the Samford-Georgia-Tech football 

Thursday evening, Greeks filed into Brock fo- 
rum. A celebration honoring McElwain Elemen- 
tary tutoring and service offered an opportunity 
for the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic 
Council to highlight philanthropic efforts of 
the Greek community. The connection between 
Samford students and McElwain children has 
been a three year relationship. A video show- 
ing the involvement of Samford Greeks in the 
elementary students' lives was shown. Mingling 
in Ben Brown Plaza with desserts and refresh- 
ments wrapped up the event. 

"It was a good opportunity for freshmen and 
newcomers to get to know Greeks and ask about 
our involvement with McElwain," said senior 
IFC President Rob Howell. "The event was dif- 
ferent from past events. It was more of a chance 
to publicize on Samford's campus what we do 
for the elementary school." 

After Friday classes, the departure for Atlanta 
began. Homes of Atlanta-born students, hotels 
and even understanding grandmothers were 
willing to put up college students for a couple 
of nights' sleep. Samford students primped and 
prepared for a night-on-the-town, then made 
their way to the Greek-sponsored party. 

Beneath the bright lights of a Southern 
metropolis, trendy Atlantic Station served as 
the party location for the Greek band party. The 
bustling community's stunning architecture and 
row after row of restaurants and shops provided 
an enticing backdrop, as well-dressed students 
donned "Go Greek" buttons instead of their 
letters. TWELVE Atlantic Station and Ballroom 
was a spectacular venue for the party, which was 
an opportunity for freshmen to interact with 
Greeks before recruitment began. 

The mixed repertoire of Bobby Moore & the 
Rhythm Aces drew over 570 attendees to the 
dance floor. Classic hits were played between 


old-school sounding renditions of current rap songs. Refresh- 
ments and tables were available for those who were less 
confident in their dance skills or just worn out from too much 

"We saw a really great turnout, especially for freshmen," 
Howell said. "That's part of why we do it." After the party, 
students climbed into cars and hit the Atlanta Perimeter to 
find something else to try. 

The Varsity Restaurant in downtown Atlanta was packed 
Saturday at noon. In a sea of Georgia-Tech black and gold 
were Samford students decked in red and blue. On the trek to 
Bobby Dodd stadium, the Samford Fight Song could be heard. 
A pep-rally hosted by the Samford Athletic Department and 
encouraged by the Greek community was getting started. The 

Samford Marching Band, cheerleaders and Spike the Bulldog 
geared up fans for a rousing game. Finally, the Samford Bull- 
dogs stormed onto historic Grant Field to show the improve- 
ments they had made as a team in a year's time. 

Back at the manicured Samford campus on Sunday 
afternoon, students filled Reid Chapel for a Greek-led worship 
service. Caleb Foust of Sigma Phi Epsilon presented a message, 
as students from other organizations participated. Madeleine 
Mula of Chi Omega and Todd Oakley of Sigma Chi read 
Scripture. Pi Kappa Phi's C.G. Covey read the Lord's Prayer, 
and Sigma Chi's Ryan Fitzgerald led students in singing and 
worship. Samford Greeks refocused and prepared for another 
busy week after a leisurely diversion to Atlanta. 


IFC and PHC Push Forward 
with New Faces 

by Rachel Long and Jessica Casto 
Photos: Courtesy of PHC and IFC 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Samford University Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council (PHC) serve as the umbrella organizations 
governing and supporting the university's Greek life. 

The Panhellenic Council at Samford University is the unifying and coordinating body of the seven national sororities on 
campus and is composed of two women from each sorority. The Panhellenic Council and IFC are responsible for promoting the 
scholarship, philanthropy and safety of the Greek community as a whole. 

The 2007 PHC executive council members included President Kristan Burson, VP of Membership Recruitment Jessica Casto, 
VP of Rho Gammas Mary Katherine Ezell and VP of Administration Betsie Boggs, as well as the secretary, treasurer and chairs 
for scholarship, social, service, judicial, programming, public relations and Greek awards. 

On the other side of the Greek fence, Rob Howell served as President of IFC, Parker Gilbert as VP, Hamlin Caldwell as 
Secretary and Josh Senn as Treasurer. The rest of the council was composed of various representatives from each fraternity that 
served in a specific chair position. 

Together, PHC and IFC worked really hard to provide activities and programs to benefit the Greeks, the campus and the 
community. They sponsored projects and events such as: Greek Weekend, men's and women's recruitment, Crawfish Boil, con- 
certs, philanthropic opportunities such as tutoring at McElwain Elementary and educational programs such as the Anti-hazing 
and drug information sessions. 

This year's IFC and PHC officers have taken on extra responsibility and have practiced great teamwork this semester during 
the absence of former Greek Life Director, Frank Parsons. After announcing his resignation at Greek Awards in spring 2007, 
many wondered what would happen with recruitment and Greek life as a whole. 

Panhellenic member Natalie Jayne described this year as a transition year. ''We have had to overcome many challenges. With 
a new advisor comes new expectations and a new way of doing things," she said. 

"Panhellenic has pulled together as a council and embraced the changes. Frank will always hold a special place in our hearts, 
and we are so appreciative for all he did for the Greeks while he was at Samford," said Jayne. 

Howell also said that Parsons' presence has been missed, but that interim Greek Life Director, Jennifer Dunn Hall has served 
the community well. "She has done a tremendous job with Greek life this year," he said. 

Both IFC and PHC have a lot to be proud of, especially the women whose recruitment this year was one of the most suc- 
cessful recruitments in history. 

VP of Membership Recruitment, Jessica Casto said, "This year's recruitment was definitely a challenge with the new advi- 
sor transition. But JD and every girl on the council worked really hard, and as a result of our hard work, recruitment numbers 
were the best they've been in a long time." 

"This is the first year in Samford history that every sorority made quota on bid day," said Casto, "and I think that's just a 
reflection of the amazing women that make up these sororities." 

From social functions to service, the Greeks at Samford do it all, and it wouldn't be possible without the help from the 
people who make up the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. 



Searching for Sisters: A Rush Diary 

By Emily Hart 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Blchardson 

It was just before 6 p.m. when the teacher let us out of 
aerobics class. My friends and I had exactly five minutes to 
get from Bashinsky Field House to Reid Chapel for the first 
recruitment meeting. As my friends and I stumbled through 
the front doors of Reid, we were soaking wet from the rain 
and smelly in sweaty, workout clothes. We laughed as we 
saw every other girl in the chapel dressed to the nines, while 
we felt nasty and unpleasant to be around. 

The meeting began and we were given bags with our 
recruitment t-shirts, name tags, a pen and a "Go Greek" but- 
ton. After going over the rules and regulations of recruitment, 
my friends and I wished each other good luck and went our 

separate ways to our Rho Gam groups. In our groups, we dis- 
cussed the details of rush: where we were to meet every day 
and what to wear to each party. Lauren, my leader, calmed 
our anxious nerves as she answered all of our questions and 
addressed our concerns. That night, my roommate and I had 
friends over to help us choose our outfits for the philanthropy 
parties, theme parties and preference day. 

I woke up on Friday, and all I could think about was 
recruitment and what I was going to face that evening. Little 
did I know that I would have a fairy-tale rush story. The 
whole day, I made eye-contact with various sorority girls and 
tried to assess if they had seen my picture and what they had 


heard or thought of me. The school day was finally over, and 
it was time for me to begin recruitment and attend my first 
philanthropy party. 

I walked into sorority quad where lines were forming in 
front of each house. It was about five minutes before I was to 
go into my first party, when girls inside starting banging on 
windows, chanting and singing sorority songs. My mouth, 
I am sure, was hanging wide open; I did not know what was 
going on or what I had gotten myself into. There was one 
minute left and every girl in west campus started to count 
down. Ten, nine, eight... Before I knew it, I was walking into 
my first party. 

I entered the house and immediately a girl whom I had 
never seen before, placed her hand on my back and led me 
into their chapter room. The room was uniquely decorated 
from the ceiling to the very chair I sat in. I had to keep in 
mind that after recruitment was over, the decorations would 
not be there; it was the girls I had to fall in love with. I had 
great conversations with all the girls I met. The presenta- 
tion about their philanthropy stole my heart, and they sang 
songs about who they were and what their sorority meant 
to them. My time in that house was up, and I was led out of 
the house by another one of the amazing girls in the sorority. 
But the night wasn't over; I had two more houses to go to. By 
that point, I knew the drill and was no longer anxious about 
the process. I was excited and just could not wait to enter 
another house. 

Saturday was the last day of philanthropy parties, and I 
only had two parties left to attend. After the philanthropy 
parties ended, I assessed my experience at each of the five 
houses and voted on my top three. Sunday afternoon, I 
wondered if my Rho Gam leader would come to tell me that I 
had been cut. Instead, I gladly rejoined my group and received 
my schedule to see which theme parties I would attend. To 
my surprise, the houses I was invited back to were the exact 
houses I had chosen as my top three. 

In utter shock and excitement, I walked over to west 
campus and stood in anticipation of what had been planned 
for Theme Night. The sororities I preferred were starting to 
become clear and I knew exactly which house I wanted to be 
in. I literally skipped to Divinity Hall to place my votes for 
my top two houses. 

Monday morning, I woke up and glanced over at the 
clock. It was 7:31a.m., and my Rho Gam had not visited me 
with any bad news. I was home free and would return to at 
least one house for pref night! The day passed at lightning 
speed and the information in class truly did go in one ear and 
out the other. Finally, it was time to start Pref Night. I met 
my Rho Gam group in front of Vail. All the girls in my group 
were overjoyed but nervously quiet on the way to dinner. I 
opened my slip of paper and I was amazed when I saw that 
I was invited back to not one, but both of my top choice 

houses! All I wanted to do was skip dinner in the Caf and 
head straight to west campus. My Rho Gam leader informed 
us that tonight would be very different; there would be no 
banging on windows and doors, and there definitely would 
be no screaming. She said one thing I will never forget: "If 
you are going to cry during rush, this will be the night." I 
just laughed and blew it off. I thought to myself that would 
definitely not be me; after all, I am not emotional and rarely 
cry. Was I in for a surprise! 

Going into the parties that night, I knew what soror- 
ity I wanted to be a part of and couldn't wait to visit those 
precious girls again. The first house I visited that night was 
the house I truly knew I wanted to be in, and it became even 
clearer that night. As I walked into the house, all of the girls 
were dressed in black, and the room was covered with flow- 
ers. A special someone, the very first girl that rushed me in 
this house, placed her hand on my back and sat me down. As 
I looked across the room, I saw two girls holding each other's 
hands, crying, as they heard the words spoken by their fellow 
sisters. It was a moving night. With that special girl's hands 
on my shoulder, I realized once again that I did not want to 
leave that house but wanted to stay there forever. 

Next, the older girls led us to tables around the chapter 
room and that special girl began encouraging me and telling 
me about the qualities she saw in me, and I just knew it was 
coming: the tears started rolling down my cheeks. When she 
left, we hugged and I felt as though we had been childhood 
friends and already knew everything about each other — it 
was a feeling of belonging. Different girls came and talked to 
me that night, confirming once again that I wanted to be no 
where else but right there in that house. After my second and 
final party, we walked in silence to Divinity Hall where I had 
to choose the sorority I wanted to be in. I could not wait. The 
decision was so clear; it took about three seconds before I was 
out of that room and dying for the results of the next day. 

Tuesday was extremely slow. I was in classes until 3 p.m., 
not leaving much time to think about rush. That evening, I 
went to meet my Rho Gam group. When I walked out of Vail 
Lobby and saw the girls in my group, I felt nervous and began 
to wonder if things had panned out the way I had hoped. We 
walked into a packed Bashinsky Field House. All along the in- 
door track, parents, friends, and students had come to watch 
Squeal. Each sorority was grouped together chanting their so- 
rority name and simply overflowing with excitement. After a 
short program and the reveal of the Rho Gams' affiliations, it 
was time. I quickly opened my envelope. I read over it several 
times trying to comprehend what it said and finally, I saw the 
words I wanted to see, ALPHA DELTA PI! I didn't know what 
to do, so I grabbed my purse and just started running over to 
the ADPi girls and was bombarded with hugs. Alpha Delta Pi 
was my new home! 


Food, Friends and Frats: 
, A Rush Diary 

By Calvin Fields 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Laura Armstrong 

Coming to Samford, I knew little of fraternity life and its complexity. My mother had been a Chi 
Omega at the University of Kentucky, but my only way of knowing this was from the old wooden 
sorority paddle I saw in times of unrest. I had heard some stories from friends who pledged at large 
state schools, but on a whole, I was clueless. I knew I wanted to rush because I favored the thought 
of a close brotherhood, but I was naive to what rush even meant. 

I asked every person I met for the first few weeks of school their opinions on fraternities and the 
reputation each one held. I was in search of information, and as I went to pre-rush events and met 
the men in each fraternity, I discovered the quality of people in the fraternities. My newfound friends 
on my hall and I discussed this almost nightly. We tried to discern what was pretense and what was 
genuine sincerity. As a whole, we were somewhat confused about where we hoped for a bid and very 
much open-minded. 

The first night of rush included a lot of handshaking and smiling; it seemed like a fagade, but you 
can't expect much more with a limited time allotted at each house. The next night, we were allowed 
to go to any house we wanted. The evening was spent getting to know the brothers in each frater- 
nity. I remember saying my name and hometown for what seemed like a million times and meeting 
more people in one night than I had in my whole life. Walking towards Smith Hall afterwards, I had 
narrowed my fraternity list down to two. 

The next night was Brother's Night In, an invitation-only-event with good food and more 
conversation. I walked to my Samford mailbox that afternoon and pulled out my invitations for 
Brother's Night In. I was pleased to find that my top two choices had invited me back to their 
houses. I left hungry that evening, hoping to discover which of the two fraternities I would join. I 
had more meaningful conversations with the brothers and asked some harder questions about their 
organization. When it was time to leave, I left with a group of friends to go back and talk about our 

We went to a friend's room to discuss our feelings on rush and the different fraternities we spent 
time at. We decided that regardless of where we pledged, our friendships must stay intact. We voiced 
support for each others' decisions and prayed for guidance together as we prepared to pledge. Most of 
us left the gathering with our minds set on one fraternity, myself included. 

The next day, I checked my mailbox to look for an invite to Brother's Night Out, the final night 
of rush. I was excited to see I got invited back to the house I wanted, along with many of my friends. 
We carpooled to an alumni's house for more discussion and food, apparently a reoccurring theme of 
rush. I was able to talk to many of the brothers I hadn't met yet. They made me feel even more at 
peace, affirming my decision to be there. The brothers told us the plans for the next day, Walkout 
Day, and what to do if we got a bid. 

On Walkout Day, dressed in coat and tie, my friends and I signed our bids, officially becoming 
Sigma Chi pledges. Our pledge class began the journey towards brotherhood. I was no longer clueless, 
but knew the ins and outs of rush, looking at the journey ahead and excited because of the fellow 
men standing next to me in coat and tie. 


What it means to be Greek 

By Sloan Schmidtke 

Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

I went through rush pretty much for the same reason everyone does — to meet people. Not to mention, if I pledged, I 
would become the fourth generation of Greek women from my family — no pressure. 

Looking back over the past year-and-a-half as a Chi Omega, I have definitely met people that have shaped me and pushed 
me for the better. The rest of the Samford community tends to think it's impossible to be best friends with 37 other girls in 
a pledge class — and they are completely right. Although 1 don't know the deep dark secrets of each of my pledge sisters, I can 
say that I have learned something from or been impacted by each one of them. 

I realize how much I love them when I am having a bad day: I see 10 familiar smiling faces greet me while walking to class, 
and they truly seem to care about how my life is going. In moments that I need a study break, I can walk down the hall and 
watch an episode of "Friends" with friends who also laugh at Ross Geller's awkwardness. Being Greek and living in the base- 
ment of the house with 18 sorority sisters also means always having an available coffee date or someone ready to do something 
on the spur-of-the-moment. These girls are special and irreplaceable to me simply because they are always there for me. 
I think another misconception of Greek life is that once you pledge a sorority or fraternity, you instantly forge 
life-long relationships. We found that our friendships did not form over night. I only knew 3 people in my pledge class after 
recruitment was over. I can still remember looking at all the people in my pledge class on Bid Night thinking, "This is one of 
the most awkward nights of my life! These girls are supposed to be some of my closest friends over the next four years, and 
yet, I have never met any of them!" 

Our excitement over shared experiences helped create these friendships. They bloomed after spending hours together 
on pledge retreats, after completing lengthy and arduous hours of Step Sing practices, after living with 20 of them during a 
Destin Spring Break, and after countless Caf dates, coffee-runs or movie nights in Vail. 

Being Greek does not define me, but it has influenced me in ways I did not foresee. It provided me an instant niche 
as I acclimated to college life during my freshman year. Though I have only known these girls for a little over a year now, they 


never cease to amaze me. I have been shown what the fiercest type of loyalty to each other looks like. And when I am ques- 
tioning or struggling with my faith or find myself starting to fall, I have sisters that are always ready and willing to encourage 
me and to become my prayer warriors. 

So, what does it mean to me to be Greeks I think that over the past 18 months as a Chi Omega, it has been the sin- 
cere availability of people who truly love me for who I am and who will always encourage me to strive to stay true to myself. 


Greek: Overcoming the Stereotype 

ByAshlyn Stallings 

Photo and Spread: Austin Richardson 

I could rattle off remarkable statistics: that 85% of Fortune 500 execu- 
tives are Greek, over 85% of college campus student leaders are Greek or 
that Greeks volunteer 10 million hours of community service annually. But 
facts and figures aside, the institution of social fraternities has polished 
numerous individuals and honed copious leadership skills. Greek life is an 
important establishment to many people, including members of Samford's 
13 associations. 

The imagined comforts of Greek life are here on campus — the bustling 
frat party, mahogany paneled walls lined in composites, squealing women 
on bid day and rows of girls in heels during chapter meetings. But what 
I have come to adore about Samford Greek life is the unconventional 
approach to a conventional college stereotype. One of the blessings of uni- 
versity life is having an opportunity to jump into a community, to tread 
water for a while until finding the right direction to swim towards. For 
some, that direction has Greek letters. 

The intense state school Greek atmosphere intimidated me before 
college. Horror stories of rush, wild band parties and exclusivity may be 
extreme examples, but regardless, I know that wasn't for me. While that 
big school bark is worse than the initial bite, I found and love my niche in 
Samford sorority world. I survived recruitment and have discovered that 
life inside this Greek world defies the severe Hollywood fratty stereotype. 

I quickly became involved by holding an executive office in my orga- 
nization, but I love that it is not my only outlet here. Instead, I found 
on-campus involvement encouraged by my sisters, who work tirelessly as 
athletes, SGA officers, orientation leaders and Student Recruitment Team 
members. We work together to keep our grades up, and a study room 
downstairs in the house is the perfect quiet room, void of girls barging in 
my room keen to chit-chat. 

Here, I've never felt unhealthy competition between our Greek groups. 
Heated perhaps during recruitment or Step Sing, but never malicious. My 
best friend wears a different pin and walks into a different sorority house, 
but she's as close to me as my real little sister. 

My hope is that students at Samford will see that our organizations 
truly attempt to uphold the morals mentioned in our creeds and respect 
our rituals. The 13 Greek organizations form a community — joining every 
other student, working to live in and better Samford. And that is some- 
thing to "squeal" about. 


Parties of the Year 

By Carol Anne Autry 

Photos: Courtesy of Greek Organizations 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Every year, sororities and fraternities elect a social chair, better known as "party planners," to step up to the plate and 
organize the most exciting events of the year. From Baron's games to barnyards, these Greeks cover it all and take pride in their 
parties. This year was no exception as students put aside their books for a night and danced the night away with dates and 
friends. Here are just a few of the favorite festivities that went on this year: 



Alpha Delta Pi 

Come, not as you are, was the theme of Alpha Delta Pi's 'Alter Ego" party. The girls and their dates masked their identity to 
dress as the opposite of their true self. Nuns, gangsters, goths and preps all attended this contrasting festivity. 

Alpha Omicron Pi 

White candles and rose petals embellished the historic Rucker Place for Alpha Omicron Pi's semiformal "AOPi Rocks the 
Night Away" This antique, white mansion overlooks Birmingham, giving the sisters and their dates a beautiful view on their 
dance breaks. The entertaining band helped AOPi rock the night away. 

Chi Omega 

Chi Omega traveled back to a time of petticoats and white gloves for their semiformal "Gone with the Wind." The charm- 
ing Anderson Gail Farms was the perfect setting for their first-class affair. When they were not dancing, the girls drank "mock- 
tails" under the stars. 


The sisters of Phi Mu ventured into the wild for their party "Welcome to the Jungle." The Birmingham Zoo was theirs for 
a night of dancing and animal watching. Lions, British explorers and Tarzan twirled beside one another, only taking a break to 
hold a giant python. 


Zeta Tau Alpha 

The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha welcomed in their new members like rock stars. Decorated with piercings, tattoos and 
crowns, "The Punk Rock Princess" party was a smash hit. Held at Workplay, the girls and their dates banged their heads along 
with the punk rock band. 

Lambda Chi Alpha 

Lambda Chi Alpha's "Crescent Ball" was a grand slam. Held at the Hoover Met, the brothers and their dates overlooked the 
baseball field as they grooved to the music. The dance floor extended outside, giving guests the choice to dance under the stars. 

Pi Kappa Phi 

Pi Kappa Phi's annual "Barn Bash" is a favorite of the brothers and their dates. Clad in overalls, cowboy boots and plaid 
shirts, they spent the night two-stepping under the stars to a country band. Hayrides and a bonfire were icing on the cake to a 
memorable evening. 

Sigma Chi 

Fake snow, Santa's sled and reindeer transformed Sigma Chi's chapter room into the North Pole for their annual "Christmas 
Party." Tacky sweaters, Santa suits and reindeer antlers were only a morsel of the Christmas characters represented. Trotline, a 
favorite cover band in the south, completed the event. 

Sigma Phi Epsilon 

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Alpha Delta Pi: Setting the Standard 

by Jessica Cunningham and Ashlyn Stall ings 
Photos: Courtesy of Alpha Delta Pi 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

President and senior Amy Almand was positively roaring on her way 
back from the Alpha Delta Pi national convention this summer. The Kappa 
chapter of Alpha Delta Pi had won the prestigious Golden Lion Award once 
again in Boston. One glance at the chapter's yearly activities explains why 
Samford's ADPi chapter is one of the nation's best. 

Fall recruitment brought 48 new girls to the ADPi house. The new 
alpha members received invitations for a weekend slumber party alongside 
their older sisters for Sisterhood Retreat. 

For a party thrown in their honor, the new members grabbed dates and 
costumes for their first event. Themed 'Alter Ego," pledge bash featured 
sisters and their dates dressed opposite of their personality. 

Junior Mallory Siler served as new member coordinator and dressed 
as a thug for the festivity. "It was a great time for us to celebrate our new 
alphas and our sisterhood in Alpha Delta Pi," said Siler. 

Freshman Erica Breen enjoyed her first party dressed as a country girl 
dancing to the sounds of Floyd the Barber. "The music was so different and 
fun. Everyone just had a blast," she said. 

At Homecoming, ADPi had another thing 
to celebrate. Organized by spirit chair Chelsea 
Hetrick, the ADPi float was creatively themed 
"Impeach the Governors." The chicken wire and 
tissue paper concoction won the coveted 1 st prize 

The same hard work and spirit that was 
poured into building the float was exhibited in 
conducting ADPi's annual philanthropic event. 
The Lion's Share Golf Tournament, directed by 
philanthropy chair Lauren Welty, raised over 
110,500. Proceeds went to the Birmingham Ron- 
ald McDonald House. 

"It is a way for us to get directly involved 
with the Birmingham community," Welty said. 
"So many philanthropies are national, but be- 
cause we have an RMH here, we are able to actu- 
ally go downtown and experience it firsthand." 

Capping off an incredible semester, ADPi's 
elegant semiformal was held in December, with 
Homewood's Rosewood Hall serving as the 
backdrop. Dancers escaped the crisp winter air 
and hit the dance floor, which was filled with 
sounds from the band, Tight Noise. Posing by 
the graceful water fountain for pictures, girls 
made sure to touch fingers to form their favorite 
sorority hand symbol — a diamond, of course. 

The Mallard Ball opened up the spring se- 
mester for ADPi. The sisters, in full country and 
hunting regalia, showed their Southern pride at 
Camp Hargis. The ADPi's enjoyed smores, coun- 
try music and even a line dance teacher. 

New philanthropy chair Chelsea Hoffman 
started the first annual Rock for Ronald Contest 
to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Contes- 
tants from around campus unleashed their inner 
rockstars as they battled other contestants in a 
fierce competition of Guitar Hero. Everyone had 
free pancakes and shared plenty of laughs and 

The sisters of Alpha Delta Pi enjoyed one last 
party, their formal, as they ended a year of unbe- 
lievable success. "Through Alpha Delta Pi. I have 
met and grown to know people I would have 
otherwise never known," said freshman Meagan 
Sloan. "Because of the sorority, I strive harder to 
uphold the high values and standards, not only 
of ADPi, but of Samford University." 



Alpha Kappa Alpha 

By Brittany Todd 

Photo: Courtesy of Alpha Kappa Alpha 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The 2007-2008 school year has been an exciting time for the Omicron 
Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. The chapter made history by becom- 
ing the first African American Greek organization on Samford's campus in 
1988, and they continue to carry on the legacy of philanthropy and service 
20 years later. With this 20 th anniversary approaching in May and the 
centennial anniversary of the national Alpha Kappa Alpha coming up in 
January the girls of Omicron Mu have many reasons to celebrate. 

Although AKA is a small chapter on campus, what they lack in num- 
bers they make up for in involvement. This past year, the chapter was 
involved in many activities both on and off campus. The girls participated 
in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Birmingham in 

On campus, the members worked hard to raise money for their philan- 
thropy, the Sickle Cell Foundation. The philanthropy is of special interest 
to the members of AKA because the disease is one that has affected many 
in the African American community. AKA Vice President Jasmine Bolden, 
a senior accounting major, said the disease has affected her personally 
because she has a family member living with Sickle Cell Trait. This year, 
members participated in the annual Sickle Cell Walk. "This event allowed 
us to raise money for a good cause and learn more about the cause of the 
disease and the effect that it has on the community," Bolden said. "We 
were also able to get some exercise." 

AKA members held their annual Skee Week in April. During this week, 
the girls were able to raise money for both the Sickle Cell Foundation and 
the March of Dimes through bake sales. They also hosted a movie night in 
which they showed "The Pursuit of Happyness." The girls raised money 
by selling drinks, but popcorn was served free of charge. Another activity 
that AKA sponsored was a barbeque held in Ben Brown Plaza where they 
sold barbeque sandwiches, chips and drinks. Dr. Westmoreland even joined 
in on the fun and stopped by the booth for a bite to eat and a picture. 

Members also participated in informal activities and outings through- 
out the year, as well as activities with other chapters across the nation. 
Bolden said being a part of this organization and associating with other 
chapters across the nation have greatly enhanced her college experience. 
"I am an only child, and being a member of AKA has allowed me to have 
tens of thousands of sisters," Bolden said. "I have learned more about the 
organization and about myself as an individual. I have been able to develop 
my leadership skills and make lifelong friendships." 

With all of the upcoming anniversaries of the Omicron Mu chapter of 
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Bolden said members have many activities planned on 
campus and in the community to celebrate the milestones of this organiza- 
tion. "The national office has activities planned as well. We are currently 
in the process of finalizing our calendar for the spring," she said. "We want 
to thank all the members of the Samford community who have supported 
us and hope that we can continue to count on their support in the years to 



Alpha Omicron Pi: 
A Special Year 

By Libby Allen and Ashlyn Stallings 
Photos. Courtesy of Alpha Omicron PI 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The girls of Alpha Omicron Pi continued to bring their zealous spirit to 
campus this year as they continued to grow rapidly in number. Multitudes 
of philanthropy events and fabulous parties showcased a loyal sisterhood. 

AOII sponsored several events to raise money for arthritis, their nation- 
al philanthropy. The creative "Stars for Arthritis" event offered sponsors' 
names on a paper star in Samford's food court, while sisters worked to 
collect stuffed pandas for arthritic children during "Panda-monium." AOII 
girls also volunteered in the Old Howard 100 event. "I'll admit that seeing 
a couple of Samford professors in spandex on road bikes threw me for a 
loop," sister Nancy Vander Veer said. 

Their annual "AOII in the Face" in Ben Brown Plaza also helped raise 
funds for arthritis and the sorority had girls proudly participate in Birming- 
ham's Walk for Arthritis. 

Social chair Kathryn Galphin kept girls and dates on their toes with her 
party planning. Fall Ball was themed "Perfectly Matched," and immacu- 
lately paired couples danced the night away under Vulcan's watch. After 
a beautiful winter formal in downtown Birmingham, sisters came back in 
the spring to a semiformal at the Birmingham Zoo Lodge. Lights and roses 
added to the atmosphere that Galphin really enjoyed. "Semiformal was my 
favorite party because I had fun planning it all and enjoying the benefits of 
my hard work," she said. "Every sister was dancing and the desserts were 
almost gone by the end of the night!" 

A cookout with the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Lambda Chi 
Alpha topped off the spring social calendar as the boys grilled hamburgers 
and hotdogs for the gathered Greek community. 

But the girls most enjoyed belonging to the AOII house the night 
before the cookout. A sisterhood sleepover party was a hit for the entire 
sorority. Chick flicks reigned on the big screen until girls cut loose and held 
a sorority-wide game of sardines in the house. The ladies of Alpha Omicron 
Pi are a close knit group. "This was truly a special year for us, and we are 
all so excited to see what this upcoming year holds for us," member Carter 
Chambliss said. 



Chi Omega: Exceeding Expectations 

By Sloan Schmidtke 

Photo: Courtesy of Chi Omega 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Chi Omega's fall of 2007 was a whirlwind of activity. It all started with 
a long, yet successful week of recruitment. After the final bid list was read 
to the chapter on Bid Night, President Betsy Martin said, "If this stellar 
pledge class we just got is any indication of how our year is going to go, 
I couldn't be more excited." With a pledge class of 49 new "Hooties" Chi 
Omega celebrated with a themed "Peace, Love and Chi O" party, thrown in 
their honor. 

The new pledge class had their pledge retreat at the Big Oak Girls 
Ranch, which is Chi Omega's local philanthropy. The Big Oak Girl's 
Ranch is a home for girls whose parents need help supporting them. 

The new members were not the only ones to spend time at the ranch. 
There were Chi O's there almost every weekend, babysitting the girls to 
enable the parents to have a night off. 

Chi Omega spent a great deal of time also working with its national 
philanthropy, Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to children with life 
threatening illnesses. During the first week of school, the chapter was able 
to grant the wish of a 16-year-old boy in the Birmingham area. Chi Omega 
was able to buy him a computer with money they had raised the year 
before during an 80s-themed dance party. 

In October, Chi Omega hosted a Charity Denim Sale that also raised 
money for Make-A-Wish. The sale featured over 200 pairs of designer jeans 
at discounted prices. Chi Omega raised over S6,000 from the jean sale 
along with money raised from letters sent to businesses asking them to 
support the philanthropy Coordinator of the Charity Jean Sale, Rebecca 
Stivender, said, "I couldn't have asked for anything more successful." 

After working so hard for their philanthropies, it was time to end the 
year with a formal affair. Celebrating the semester in a "Ritz, Glitz and 
Glam" theme, Chi Omega danced the night away at the Highland Hotel 
with music from the band Second Comings. 

Chi Omega's spring semester started off by welcoming 48 new Chi 
Omega sisters into their chapter after the freshman pledge class completed 
their initiation. 

After initiation weekend, Chi O's dove right into rigorous Step Sing 
practices in preparation for another stellar performance. "The Lost Boys" 
stole the show with a perfectly executed routine to songs such as "Die 
Another Day" "Born to be Wild" and "Forever Young." 

As defending champions of the Derby Days trophy, Chi Omega set to 
work during the week of Derby Days to help Sigma Chi raise money for its 
philanthropy, Children's Miracle Network. The sisters of Chi Omega won 
the 1 st place trophy for the second year in a row. 

As the year's end was quickly approaching, Chi Omegas and their dates 
headed out to a plantation on Anderson Dale Farms for a semiformal in 
Scarlett O'Hara style. The sisters danced under the moonlight to the band 
Jordan and the Four Kicks. 



Phi Mu 

By Sallianne Prothro 
Photos: Courtesy of Phi Mu 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

President Lindsey Ferguson could not be more pleased with her soror- 
ity. "It has been a fantastic year for Phi Mu," Ferguson said. "We started 
off with a great recruitment, and we were so excited to show off our 
new decorations for Philanthropy Night in our beautiful, redecorated 
house." Ferguson said the chapter's spirit on campus continued to increase 
throughout the year with excellent performances in academics and intra- 
mural sports. 

Over Fall Break, the sorority partnered with Samford's University Min- 
istries and Mountaintop Community Church in Birmingham for a mis- 
sion trip to Bayou LaBatre, Alabama in order to aid in Hurricane Katrina 
disaster relief work. The volunteers helped complete many projects over 
the five-day trip, including roofing a house for a single mother and putting 
in a new floor for an elderly woman. Ferguson, who went on the trip, said 
Phi Mu's participation "exemplifies the character of Phi Mu girls who are 
willing to get involved in service." 

Phi Mu continued their faithful support of the Samford Bulldogs with 
a packed schedule of events for Homecoming 2007. Right after Fall Break, 
the sisters started constructing their Homecoming Parade float. Their 
creative depiction of Samford's bulldog mascot and Austin Peay's governor 
mascot garnered Phi Mu second place in the float contest. 

Before the football game, the sorority participated with other organiza- 
tions in hosting a tailgate on the Quad. "Tailgating was definitely a big hit 
that weekend," Phi Mu homecoming director Emmy Goad said. "We set 
up a big tent and grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, and had all sorts of other 
food. We had a great time hanging out before the game with everyone." 
Goad also had Homecoming t-shirts made for the girls of Phi Mu to wear 
to the game, printed with the slogan "Impeach the Governors." 

Later in the fall, the Phi Mu chapter worked very hard in raising money 
to support their philanthropy Children's Miracle Network. "To me. 
philanthropy is one of the main purposes of the sorority," philanthropy 
chair Sarah Fort said. "It's for a group of women to get together and make 
a difference." 

For their fall philanthropy events, Phi Mu participated with the Sigma 
Chi fraternity, fellow Childern's Miracle Network supporters, in Trick- 
or-Treating for pocket change on Halloween night. Going door-to-door 
and asking for donations, the groups raised around 53,000 for Children's 
Hospital in Birmingham. 

On November 17, the Phi Mu chapter hosted its 13 th Annual 5K Race 
in Heardmont Park. Proceeds from the race and a corresponding letter- 
writing campaign totaled an astounding $43,000 in support for CMN. 

Among all their hard work in academics, campus activities and phi- 
lanthropy service, the girls of Phi Mu also took a few chances to kick back 
and have some fun at their various parties. The highlight of the semester 
was the semi-formal dance in November, held at the Huntsville Space and 
Rocket Center. 


Phi Mu social chair Meaghan 
Roche planned the event. "The 
theme was 'Fly Me to the Moon,' 
meant to reflect the 'space race' 
of the late 1950s and early 1960s," 
Roche said. The party started 
with a buffet style dinner, and 
then guests were allowed to tour 
the museum. Tour guides were 
available to answer any questions, 
and the famed Mission to Mars 
simulator also entertained guests. 
Rhythms of a jazz band lured 
dancers to the floor. 

"It was definitely one of my top 
five favorite parties," said Roche. 
Senior Phi Mu Abbey Woodruff 
agreed. "Semi-formal was a fun 
and unique way to end the semes- 
ter. No other party has been like 
that, with such a cool location and 
wide variety of things to do there." 


Zeta Tau Alpha: More than Letters 

By Carol Anne Autry 

Photos: Courtesy of Zeta Tau Alpha 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

To the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha, one aspect of a sorority reins above them all: 
sisterhood. Awards and certificates cannot compare to Friday nights spent in the 
chapter room laughing for hours, enjoying the delicious Caf food together every 
lunch and dinner or dancing the night away with sisters at every party. 

"The letters gave me an instant connection with my sisters, but through this 
connection I have made lasting friendships that go deeper than letters or names. 
My sisters in Zeta have been by my side for every good and bad part of college," 
junior exercise science major Tori Beckham said. 

The sisters of Zeta value their philanthropy, Breast Cancer Awareness, as an 
opportunity to influence the lives of women in their community and throughout 
the world. Each semester, the sisters assemble "Think Pink" baskets to distribute 
to women within Birmingham that are battling breast cancer. This year, Zeta 
devised "Zeta Paints the Town Pink" to also raise awareness in the Samford com- 
munity. The sisters passed cards throughout the women's dorms with informa- 
tion about signs of breast cancer and encouraged the campus to wear pink. By 
writing letters to family and friends, the women raised close to $6,000 for the 
Zeta Foundation, which furthers research and education. 

Not only did the women of Zeta actively participate in their philanthropy, 
they were also involved with tutoring at McElwain Elementary School. For the 
past three years, a large number of Zetas have given their Thursday afternoons to 
spend with the children of McElwain. 

"Knowing that I have the wonderful chance to impact kids lives just by giv- 
ing up an hour a week has been such a rewarding experience," said Lexie Strong, 
a freshman elementary education major. 

Parties offer an opportunity for the women to escape from the stress of school 
and dance the night away with their sisters. Zeta celebrated pledge bash punk- 
rock style, complete with pink Converses and black ties. For their "Punk Rock 
Princess" party, the women danced to a rock n roll band in the sleek atmosphere 
of Workplay theater. 

"This was such a fun party because for one night we became a different 
person in every way, from what we wore, the music we listened to, to how we 
danced," said sophomore elementary education major Katie Albertsen. "And I got 
to wear suspenders; what could be better than that^" 

For formal, the girls ventured back to a time of black-and-white movies and 
long white gloves for their Old Hollywood party. A historic home decorated with 
white lights and flowers provided a chic ambience to create the mood. The band 
played a diverse selection of music, appeasing any taste. 

The Zetas at Samford continue to put the words of their creed "to find satis- 
faction in being rather than seeming" into practice everyday, from service in the 
community to their involvement at Samford. 

Sophomore family studies major Rebecca Rigell said, "Being a Zeta means 
authentic friendships that will last forever, holding each other accountable to a 
greater calling than this world and loving each other through everything." 



Lambda Chi Alpha: Movi n' on up 

byAshlyn Stallings 

Photos: Courtesy of Lambda Chi Alpha 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Lambda Chi Alpha President Michael Phillips was pleased with the 2007 recruitment. "This year's rush, as always, was 
a time when our brothers came together to share our brotherhood with others," Phillips said. Member Andrew Heckathorn 
agrees. "We're still on the rise after getting back on campus two years ago and have had some good classes come through," he 
said. And with all the activities Lambda Chi has on tap for a year, there's no better time to join. 

Lambda Chi seeks to help their philanthropy on both the national and chapter levels. Heckathorn helped on both fronts 
this year. "Our fraternity as a national organization holds the North American Food Drive. All the brothers participated and 
really got out there to collect a lot of canned goods to represent Samford on the national fraternity level." Heckathorn said. 

The brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha also support their chapter philanthropy, Kid One Transports, by raising money. The Kid 
One organization is local to Alabama and works as a transportation service for families whose parents are sometimes unable 
to pick up their children. The annual Volleyball Classic was successful again at the sand volleyball court outside the Lambda 
Chi house. A women's league and a men's/coed league were offered to Samford students. On the delightful spring Saturday 
spectators and players showed up to enjoy the games and grab a bite to eat. The women of Phi Mu and an independent league 
won their prospective divisions. 

The tornadoes of an Alabama April forced a brother's retreat from Tannehill State Park to the Birmingham YMCA, but 
the brothers made the best of the all day retreat. Food hot off the grill satisfied hungry Lambda Chi's, who participated in a 
fraternity-wide kickball and basketball game. 

Among several brotherhood events offered throughout the year, the brothers worked to ensure that their date parties were 
a success. Regions Park, home to the Birmingham Barons baseball team, was the backdrop for fall formal. At Christmas time, 
the Lambda Chi house swung open its doors for all Samford students. Christmas music played while food was served to all in 

In the spring, Lambda Chi's annual semiformal was held at the gorgeous Robert Trent Jones golf course. With a "Mardi Gras 
Madness" theme, brother Christon Burns planned a party in which guests received masks and souvenir glasses. Brothers and 
their dates enjoyed music, food and dancing — all with a New Orleans twist. 

Lambda Chi has a new claim to fame this year. In the spring of 2008, Drew Davis was elected as SGA president. As a 
member of Lambda Chi, Davis gained the brothers help with his campaign. Printing off and hanging fliers, designing a website, 
ordering stickers and encouraging others to vote, the brothers of Lambda Chi did their part to ensure that Drew was elected. 
"With all his brothers behind him, we think it worked," Heckathorn said. 

With a packed calendar and on-campus achievements, the brothers are proud to see the voice of Lambda Chi getting stron- 
ger and stronger. 



Pi Kappa Phi: Welcome Freshmen 

By Hayden Hamrick 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The mission statement of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is "we will lead." It would ring true that the brothers of Pi Kapp have 
done just that on Samford's campus this past year. 

"I've never been more impressed with the brothers of Pi Kappa Phi than in the past year," said Hunter Pugh, a senior eco- 
nomics major and Vice President in 2007. 

The fall is always an exciting time for any Greek organization, and this past year was no different for Pi Kapp. The brothers 
of Pi Kapp welcomed 33 new members, the largest pledge class of the fraternities at Samford for the fall 2007 recruitment. Soon 
after recruitment in the fall was their semi-formal, Southern Gentlemen's Ball, at B&A Warehouse. "Though we threw the 
party at a location different than usual, it really was a good time," said Patrick Baggett, a junior economics major. 

Other fall parties for Pi Kapp included the Halloween Party with Lambda Chi, Chi O and Zeta and the traditional Barn 
Bash. The Halloween party was hosted by Pi Kapp at their fraternity house. However, one might not have recognized the 
house because it was decorated immaculately. A mote led into the Pi Kapp house, and inside were decorations and fog ma- 
chines. Barn Bash has become an annual social gathering for Pi Kapp in the late fall. Celebrated at former brother Jim Steven's 
farm every year, a country band, bonfire and a hayride entertain the ambiance. 

Though the social events are an important aspect of the fraternity, they are not everything for Pi Kapp. This year, Pi Kapp 
raised more money than ever for PUSH America, their national philanthropy. Every year, the brothers of Pi Kapp, led by the 
new pledge class, raise money by pushing a wheelchair around campus collecting donations. This year, brothers could be found 
in a group by the guard gate at any hour, even 4 a.m. "I am proud of the time we put into PUSH this year, and the money we 
raised," said Matt Fennell, a sophomore communications studies major. 

The brothers of Pi Kapp also volunteer at the Lakeshore Foundation, their local philanthropy, and Habitat for Humanity. 
"I find great fulfillment in knowing that we have actively served the community, been active on campus and most of all, have 
made lifelong friendships along the way," said Trey Nix, senior economics major and President of Pi Kappa Phi in 2007. 

In the spring of 2008, Pi Kapp looks forward to Formal in early May, Brotherhood Retreat in April and an additional spring 
mixer party. 

The executive council for Pi Kappa Phi in 2007 included: Trey Nix, President; Hunter Pugh, Vice President; Harrison Irons, 
Secretary; John Ward Weiss, Treasurer; CG Covey, Chaplain; Patrick Baggett, Historian; and Michael Suess, Warden. 

"Being president of Pi Kapp has been one of the greatest experiences of my college career," said Nix. "More than anything 
during my tenor as president, I am most proud that Pi Kapp stands for something." 

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Sigma Chi: Seen and Heard 

By Matt Campbell 

Photos: Courtesy of Sigma Chi 

Spread Austin Richardson 

The 2007-2008 school year proved to be another 
great year for the brothers of Sigma Chi. The frater- 
nity's national philanthropies include the Children's 
Miracle Network, adopted in 1992, and the Huntsman 
Cancer Institute, adopted in 2005. The Pi Chapter joins 
fellow Sigma Chi's nationwide and conducts Derby 
Days to raise donations. This year, the chapter raised 
over 110,000 for their chanties. 

As the weather warmed up in April, the broth- 
ers of Sigma Chi launched their week of Derby Days. 
The weeklong event featured various activities for the 
Greek women to compete in such as Birmingham-wide 
scavenger hunts, Sign-a-Sig, relay games and more. The 
fundraising festivities ended in a Sigma Chi house party 
for the participants. 

But their philanthropic spirit didn't stop there. 
Brothers joined other Samford Greeks to participate in 
tutoring and cleaning at McElwain Elementary. Sigma 
Chi also took part in the Mercedes Marathon, Relay for 
Life and the Shades Mountain Fish Roundup. 

Another important aspect of the fraternity was their 
alumni relations. During Homecoming festivities in 
October, Sigma Chi hosted an alumni barbecue where 
brothers greeted over 120 alumni as they returned to 
Samford and visited their chapter. Food was spread 
on tables under a tent complete with televisions for 
diehard SEC fans to catch every last second of the early 
afternoon games. 

Sigma Chi was not silent on the social front and had 
parties with varying themes and organizations. The 
social calendar began with a toga party in September, a 
fall band party in the middle of football season and the 
traditional Sigma Chi Christmas party in December. 
Spring semester saw a "Sweet Home West Virginia" 
party — a themed event for guests to pull out their best 
redneck attire and stomp to a country band. The fra- 
ternity formal was held at the Tennessee Aquarium in 
Chattanooga, where dates danced into the early hours 
of the morning in the company of beautiful and exotic 

Their hysterical Step Sing show may have garnered 
the fraternity the coveted sweepstakes award, but that 
doesn't mean they are kicking back. The brothers of 
Sigma Chi strive for excellence in all areas of campus 
life, attempting to remember the past, embrace the 
present and plan for the future. 



Siema Nu: Building F 

By Ryan Posniak 
Photo and Spread Austin Richardson 

Not one person can deny the fact that Sigma Nu is truly a band of 
men who regard each other as family. Through what can only be deemed a 
rough fall 2007 semester, the brothers' unity and loyalty to each other and 
their letters was clear. After an unfortunate incident that involved alcohol 
during Pledge Bash, the fraternity was placed on university suspension. 
Through rough waters, these men certainly displayed their depth of char- 
acter in the way that they remained stable and allied, though much was at 

Though the house has been temporarily renamed "Building F," Sigma 
Nu has not forgotten what their purpose as a chapter is. The bothers have 
demonstrated their determination by remaining loyal to several charities 
despite the lack of being officially recognized on campus. They supported 
Old Howard 100, tutored children at McElwain Elementary School and 
helped out with Habitat for Humanity. 

Sigma Nu also kept up their amazing football game turnout, as the 
brothers fill the end zone and bring energy and support to the Bulldogs. 
But they are just as comfortable on the field as well, as their aggressive and 
impressive flag football and soccer skills are on display during intramural 
games. Rounding out the year, the beloved "Nusball Dirty Dozen" team 
remained strong, albeit in their spandex shorts, jean shorts (affectionately 
called "jorts") and pink helmets. There is never a dull moment watching 
this team. 

Though they celebrate it as if it was a national holiday, Talladega 
weekend is something to mention but not expound the details. So, despite 
the fact that all of their community involvement might lead one to believe 
that they are too serious for a good time, one must not be fooled. With a 
roomier social calendar than usual, brothers Jonathan Flowers and David 
Yerger started Tuesday Night Date Night, adding a twist to the classic 
dating scene. The two boys treat friends to a night of tons of fun and new 
memories for a break during the week. 

Next fall, Sigma Nu will be officially recognized again as the brother- 
hood they truly are. With their recognition, they plan on being more 
involved on campus and becoming one of the more upstanding organiza- 
tions at Samford's. "Building F" will become the Sigma Nu house again in 
the Fall — branded with their "IN" letters above the door. "We are not going 
to let one small mistake in the past hold us back. We plan on being the 
strongest we have ever been next year," said chapter member Aaron Weber. 



Sigma Phi Epsilon: Getting Better All the Time 

By Jessica Cunningham 
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Sigma Phi Epsilon's Alabama Gamma chapter started the new semester 
with a bang. "Being back up to twenty-five members has been a tough ride, 
but it has definitely been worth it," said senior Austin Richardson. 

The seven new pledges bonded with the older brothers at a Halloween 
party scavenger hunt. SigEp's took pictures at various locations in Birming- 
ham and at Samford for the hunt, then ended at a brother's house. There, 
the brothers partied the night away with snacks, music, dancing and a 
scary movie. To end the night, judges gave away prizes for best costume 
and winners of the scavenger hunt. 

SigEp hosted the first annual "Big Steve Hug-a-thon" to support their 
national philanthropy, the T.A.K.E. Foundation. Girls and even a few guys 
emptied their pockets to hug freshman heartthrob Steve Harford. The 
priced Only SI per hug. 

"It was just a funny idea, but we were really able to help the T.A.K.E. 
Foundation," Harford said. The event raised over $150 for SigEp's philan- 

The T.A.K.E. Foundation, a self-defense training program started by a 
Kansas University SigEp, develops comprehensive safety awareness semi- 
nars for women. 

Sophomore Ferrell Armstrong believes the seminar is so important "be- 
cause there has been such a high crime rate for the past couple of years in 
Birmingham. It is so important for people, especially women, to be aware 
of their surroundings and know how to react in crises," he said. 

In December, Samford SigEp's partnered with Alpha Delta Pi to host a 
campus-wide self-defense workshop for students. A campus safety officer 
offered advice and instruction to attendees. 

A Super Bowl party at an alum's house and the official spring rush kick- 
off began the new year for SigEp's. Festivities at Jim N' Nicks and Buffalo 
Wild Wings restaurants helped the brothers sign four new members. 

The semester was full of fun events, such as a cookout with the ladies 
of AOPi and the brothers of Lambda Chi. SigEp's formal was held at the 
luxurious Gabrelle Manor. The brothers enjoyed dancing, music and most 
of all, a chocolate fondue fountain. 

The SigEps traveled down to Gulf Shores for a relaxing brotherhood 
retreat where they ended a truly successful year and emphasized the 
importance of brotherhood for Sigma Phi Epsilon. Freshman member RJ 
Harden said, "Sigma Phi Epsilon has truly shaped my freshman year experi- 
ence. Through the fraternity and my brothers, I have gotten involved with 
numerous philanthropies, played in intramural sports and made lifelong 




Hanna Center Expands 
Athletic Opportunities 

By Kaitlm McCulley 

Photos: Becky Ellenberger & Austin Bichardson 

Spread: Austin Bichardson 

On the morning of October 18, an aura of prestige and 
elegance surged throughout the 132,000 square-foot Pete 
Hanna Center, bouncing against the high arched ceilings and 
sliding down the palace-like stairways. The early morning 
sunlight caught the construction dust in mid-air, only to be 
swept away hours later by the thousands of students, faculty 
and alumni that rushed up the freshly-paved walkway into a 
dome of possibilities for Samford Sports. 

Homecoming festivities cemented the multi-purpose 
facility into Samford history by utilizing its unique capability 
to hold lectures, concerts and athletic events. Samford guest 
speaker Walter Issacson, author of "Einstein: His Life and Uni- 

verse," was the first to take the stage of the 5,000 seat arena 
dedicated to Thomas E. and Maria H. Corts, followed by the 
country music group Little Big Town. 

For athletics, the opening of 'The Pete,' as students say, 
launched Samford into a new level of competition in all 

Junior volleyball player Jackie Jaszcz suffered a season- 
ending knee injury in 2006 and is glad to play in the new 

"The new floor has springs under it and provides cushion 
when we jump. After playing in Seibert, where the floor is 
basically wood over concrete, you can really feel the differ- 
ence," Jaszcz said. 

The new floor served the team well; they ended their sea- 
son by defeating top-ranked Morehead State in three consecu- 
tive games on November 10. The lady bulldogs were the first 
to host a conference team in the Corts Arena. 

Both the men's and women's basketball teams contin- 
ued the Corts success streak by winning their first games in 
the arena. The men's team took down the Lindsey Wilson 
Blue Raiders in an exhibition game on November 5, and the 
women's team triumphed over SEC opponent Alabama for 
the first time in Samford history on November 13. 

Although the inauguration of the Pete Hanna Center 
brought many firsts to Samford's campus, Samford's long- 
standing core values arise from the very foundation of the 

The building's namesake, Pete Hanna, credited a student 
in his 1955 Howard College class with leading him to make 
the most important decision in his life — accepting Jesus 
Christ as his Savior. At Hanna's request, a plaque with the 
words of John 3:16 inscribed at the top is featured prominent- 
ly in the lobby of the Hanna Center. 

"The Pete Hanna Center is an amazing facility to play in. 
It is at the top of our league," said senior basketball center 
Travis Peterson. 

All Samford varsity athletes are grateful for the new locker 
rooms, the new weight room with new equipment and the 
state-of-the-art training room. 

Assistant Athletic Trainer Brandon Evans said the training 
room in the Hanna Center measures 360 square feet, roughly 
twice the size of the old training room. The old training room 
had seven treatment tables and two 80-gallon, manually- 
controlled whirlpool tubs; the Hanna Center training room 
boasts 12 new treatment tables and two 350-gallon, electroni- 
cally-controlled whirlpool tubs. 


"It's really nice having everything right there. We have the 
locker room right next to the training room, which is beside 
the weight room. We don't have to go very far to get in a 
good workout," said Peterson. 

Varsity athletes are not the only ones who benefit from 
the Hanna Center. A fitness and wellness center complete 
with aerobic and weight training equipment is free of cost for 
all Samford students, faculty and alumni. 

According to Campus Recreation, the cardio area of 
the fitness center includes eight treadmills, eight elliptical 
machines and four stationary bikes; each is equipped with a 
flat-screen television. The fitness center is open from 6 a.m. 
until midnight Monday through Thursday in order to suit the 
erratic schedules of most college students. 

Before the Hanna Center opened, freshman Hannah 
Wilhoite sat cross-legged on the discolored mats of the Cage 
floor and waited until one of the two other girls using the el- 
liptical machines finished using the machine. The girls had 20 
minutes left in their workouts. 

"I am so glad that I don't have to wait for an elliptical 
machine anymore. It's really nice," said Wilhoite. 

Some students never used the equipment in the Cage in 
an effort to avoid the staph bacteria that plagued Samford's 
campus. Sophomore sports medicine major Jacinda Koziara 
linked conditions in the Cage to the spread of staph infections 
among students. 

"The humidity coming from the pool flows right up the 
spiral staircase and into the Cage. Anytime you provide a 
humid environment, you're asking for micro-organisms to 
grow," said Koziara. 

In the new fitness center, students exchange their Samford 
identification cards for clean towels as they enter the facil- 
ity All patrons wipe down the equipment before and after 
each use and toss used towels in a wastebasket when they 
complete their workout. 

"I think that more students are working out as a result of 
the clean facility, and that contributes to the overall well- 
being of Samford students," Koziara said. 

Koziara unwittingly spoke to Samford's mission — to 
nurture the entire person. As the last brightly-colored speck of 
Homecoming floated away the Pete Hanna Center secured its 
place in Samford athletics "...for God, for learning, forever." 





By Val Kikkert and Matt Robertson 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Bichardson 

"Nothing quite compares to the excitement of a big-time 
sporting event on campus," sophomore Steven Williams said. 
Williams was often found painted up at various Samford 
athletic events this year. Some might say he "bleeds red and 

Samford's team behind the team began to show its true 
color this year. Red. 

The Red Sea, which stemmed from the Dog Pound, is an 
athletic booster club that is geared toward the student body 
to build support for Samford athletic events. There were 
1,300 members this year, which is the most the organization 
has ever seen. 


The Dog Pound began with 50 members in 2001. Member- 
ship fees were S25 and there was a lack of enthusiasm from 
the students to join this group. As a freshman excited about 
college athletic events, senior marketing major Gavin Mayo 
resolved that something needed to be done for the student- 
body to make the most out of athletic events. 

In 2004, he proposed his ideas for change to the athletics 
department for the support behind Samford athletic events. 
With help from Grant Lyons, Director of Marketing for Ath- 
letics, and support from fellow students, Mayo initiated vot- 
ing for a new name and image for the team behind the team. 


The name, Red Sea, was decided upon by the student body in 2005 
and has been a work-in-progress ever since. This year, the Red Sea 
Committee became an established group of ten students who met once 
a month to discuss how to better promote athletic events and also the 
details involved in incorporating the fan base into each event. 

"The committee serves as the liaison between students and athletes. 
They encourage the students to attend the events and communicate 
with the athletes to find out what brings energy from the stands," Lyons 

Lyons also said the focus of the committee is to figure out how to get 
people at every athletic event, not just the basketball and football games. 
This year, Mayo and junior exercise science major Ruth Amagliani served 
as co-presidents of the committee and organization overall. 

So how does the Red Sea recruit members to pay the $10 fine to join 1 ? 
Easy. A T-shirt and community sponsor benefits. 

Some of this year's sponsors include Coca Cola, WingZone, Fire- 
house Subs, Seattle Drip, Sport Clips and Regions Bank. As a member, a 
student received discounted prices to these places. Throughout the year, 
gift cards to Best Buy an XM portable satellite radio and an ipod were 
among the giveaways to Red Sea members. Red Sea faculty sponsor and 
Assistant Marketing Director Ben Murchison was in charge of all the 
sponsors this year. 

Members also received an additional T-shirt created specifically for 
basketball games, as well as a discounted price for the Homecoming 
Football Game T-shirt. 

Not only were the material giveaways appealing, but Red Sea mem- 
bers had access to a priority seating in the new Pete Hanna Arena for 
basketball games. Members could also receive a discounted price to the 
Samford-Georgia Tech football game in September. 

"The increase in membership this year gave us more money to play 
with in terms of deciding on giveaways," Lyons said. 

The next wave for the Red Sea is Lyons' goal of 75 percent participa- 
tion from the student body by the year 2010. He said the key element to 
the reality of this goal is time. 

"I think it will take another three to four years to really get the Red 
Sea established. It's like a head coach taking over a new team. It takes 
time to adjust," Lyons said. 

With the arrival of Pat Sullivan, the transition to the Southern Con- 
ference and the new arena, the Red Sea has the attention of the student 
body, Lyons said. Now it's a matter of getting everyone's support. 

The athletes appreciate the Red Sea's impact on home events. 

"The fans definitely have influence on the game," said senior basket- 
ball player Travis Peterson. "When they are excited, it boosts our own 
excitement, creating a better chance for us to win. They help create a 
great atmosphere for us to compete in. They are definitely a part of our 
success as a team." 

Athlete involvement and promotion will be crucial in the upcoming 
years for increased support, Lyons said. This year was a huge year for 
the Red Sea, but the organization must continue to grow. All opponents 
must leave with a red tint in their eyes and the remembrance of the roar 
from behind the team. 


A Different Routine 

By Val Kikkert and Cassaundra Stinson 
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Pom-poms and pep go along with any cheerleading squad, 
but at Samford the enthusiastic group on the sideline is so 
much more. 

This year marked the first year for head coach Niva Rober- 
son, who teaches at Homewood High School across the street. 

Roberson brought many changes to the focus of the squad 
this year. One of her main focuses was for the squad to look 
more collegiate. She made changes in the game cheers and 
routines, and she attempted to incorporate more dancing to 
the band songs. 

She also wanted the girls to become more involved in the 
Samford community. When the cheerleaders are recognized 
on campus, they receive a better response from the fans dur- 
ing the games, Roberson said. 

The girls made this their focus as well. They said they 
want more students to respect them as the cheerleading 
squad who supports the team and initiates enthusiasm, rather 
than just a group of girls with some catchy cheers. 

Respect is what they desired, and more than respect be- 
came what they deserved after their hard work in the 2007-08 
school year. 

Tryouts for the squad are in May, but a second tryout was 
held in September. Tryouts are a two-day process in which 
the girls learn routines and cheers in a clinic the first day, and 
then actually try out based on the routines the second day. 


The girls were selected based on cheer jumps, stunts, 
standing and running tumbling skills and their enthusiasm in 
the Samford Fight Song. Roberson changed some of the dance 
to the fight song this year, so every girl, returnee or not, had 
to learn this aspect of tryouts for the first time. Along with 
the physical ability evaluations, each girl also had to apply 
and interview with Roberson. 

The composition of the squad is very young and differ- 
ent from last year. There is only one senior among the 16-girl 
squad, five of whom are returnees. September tryouts picked 
up three additions to complete the squad for the year. 

Sophomore Amanda Walker said there are many roles of 
leadership on the team. Senior Lauren Hughston and sopho- 
more Morgan Hargrove are in charge of leading cheers and 
stunts. Walker gives devotions before practices, junior Emily 
Paul is in charge of workouts and junior Brittany Tedford 
serves as the communication between Roberson and the 

"The team is so close. We talk about any issues we have 
before practice and we don't hide anything from each other," 
Walker said. 

A major role in the unity of the team lies in pre-season fall 
camp, Walker said. Like the fall sports, the cheerleading squad 
came to Samford early to prepare for the semester and year 
ahead. During this time, they spent much time perfecting 
their cheers and tumbling skills and learning the stunts for 
the year's competitions and football games. 

The last weekend before the start of school, the squad 
went to the University of Louisville for an NCAA cheer- 
leading competition in which they competed against other 
schools from across the country in stunts and in incorporat- 
ing pom-poms and signs in cheers. Walker said the routines 
were evaluated based on their ability to get the crowd 
involved. She said the stunts were elementary and mainly 
focused on routine and prop incorporation. 

Samford placed third in the girls-only Division One com- 

Unique to this year are multiple competitions in which 
the squad participated. The squad has not done multiple 
cheerleading competitions in one year in a long time. Rob- 
erson said she wanted to see her squad competing against 
squads from other schools which will help her squad become 
more collegiate. 

'As a squad, one of our biggest goals is competing and do- 
ing well in competition," Hargrove said. 

To achieve this goal, the girls spent long hours practicing 
and perfecting their cheers and stunts each week to be ready 
for competition and games. Practices were twice a week, 
Mondays and Thursdays, for two hours each day. They also 
spent two days, Tuesdays and Thursdays, working out in the 
weight room with Strength and Conditioning Coach Tommy 

Hargrove said the squad lifts weights and works on 
tumbling at every practice to reduce the risk of injuries during 
games and competitions. 

While the girls do not view cheerleading as a major 
commitment, they still know they are a part of a varsity sport 
and therefore must give 110 percent to everything they do as 
the Samford Cheerleaders. 

Along with practices, games and competitions, the squad 
spent time raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness this 
year. They collected money at select football games and held a 
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in early Spring. 

While spending time transitioning to a more collegiate 
style, the team was led to more developed cheers and stunts 
and an increased incorporation of spirit on the Samford 

"Our goal this year was for students and alumni to have 
more school pride and spirit with Samford athletics. We want 
to get more people involved," Walker said. 


A New Era Begins 

By Ben Hankins 

Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

This year, Samford University ush- 
ered in a new era of Bulldog Football. 

Former Auburn quarterback and 
Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan 
took the helm as the head football coach 
at Samford, making him the program's 
35 th head coach in history. 

Sullivan's marquee signing with 
the Bulldogs not only made headlines 
nationwide, but also raised tremen- 
dous expectations at our Shades Valley 

The Sullivan era officially began on 
Dec. 6, 2006, at the announcement of 
Sullivan's hiring, but most would say 
it began in the team's season opener 

against in-state opponent West Ala- 

The Bulldogs entered the season- 
opening game coming off a 3-8, 1-7 
OVC record in 2006 under former head 
coach Bill Gray, and were eager to begin 
Sullivan's career as a Bulldog on a good 

Samford didn't disappoint, posting a 
nail-biting 23-21 victory over the Tigers. 

Senior receiver Joe Jones said the 
win felt great, emphasizing the impor- 
tance of beginning the Sullivan era with 
a win. 

"I can't emphasize the excitement 
he's brought to our program," Jones 

said. "We were out there playing our 
guts out for him." 

After suffering a blistering 69-14 
loss to FCS opponent Georgia Tech the 
following week, the Bulldogs bounced 
back with back-to-back wins at Seibert 
Stadium over Presbyterian College and 
OVC foe Southeast Missouri, notching 
the Bulldogs at 3-1 on the season. 

Following the two home wins, the 
Bulldogs battled three straight con- 
ference losses to Eastern Kentucky. 
Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay, 

The most frustrating of those losses 
was the latter. After the head-scratching 
loss to Austin Peay, in which the Bull- 
dogs out-gained the Governors by more 
than 200 yards of offense, Sullivan said 
the team's mistakes in the red zone 
were killing them. He also said the team 
had to take more advantage of its op- 
portunities in opponents' territory. 

The Bulldogs had no trouble 
responding to the coach's challenge, 
rattling off an impressive 59-52 win on 
the road at Tennessee Tech. During the 
game, the Bulldogs tallied an uncanny 
654 yards of offense. Senior quarterback 
Jefferson Adcock threw for 472 yards 
and senior receiver Jeff Moore had 260 
yards receiving, both school records. 

According to several team members, 
the victory over TTU was an important 
one for the program. Sullivan worked 
under TTU head coach Watson Brown 
while coaching as an assistant at UAB 
from 1999-2000. 

"This game was a boost for us," Ad- 
cock said. "It was our first road win of 
the season, which was very important. 
It was a back and forth game and I'm 
glad we ended up on top." 

Sullivan said he hoped the team's 
fourth win would have ignited a late- 
season rally for the Bulldogs, but the 


Bulldogs fell back into their old habits, 
dropping three straight decisions once 
again to close out the season. 

Two of those losses came at home at 
the hands of in-state rival Jacksonville 
State and Tennessee State. The Bulldogs 
lost their season finale to 18 th ranked 
Eastern Illinois. 

While Sullivan admitted the team's 
4-8 record was a disappointment, he 
noted the team's many other accom- 

The Bulldogs scored 26 points per 
game — compared to 15 in 2006 — mostly 
from going from being the league's sixth 
best passing attack to second. 

The Bulldogs' running game also im- 
proved greatly, grinding out an average 
of 153 yards per game; they averaged 
95 yards rushing per game in 2006. 
Red-shirt freshman running back Chris 
Evans became the team's first 1000 yard 
rusher since 1999. 

The Bulldogs went from eighth to 
fourth in the league in 2007 in total 
offense. They also went from fifth to 
third in total defense. 

"There were a lot of improvements," 
Sullivan said. "We played a lot of young 
players. We're going to miss the seniors 
that have been here and done big 

The biggest setback for the Bull- 
dogs in 2007 was the lackluster play 

of special teams. The Bulldogs came 
out of spring practice still looking for a 
punter and place kicker. Both positions 
departed the team after the 2006 season. 

Sullivan said the missed and blocked 
field goals — along with erroneous 
turnovers — were the difference in a 
winning record. 

"The frustrating thing about this 
year is if we could have gotten two or 
three more wins, we would be leaving 
with a good taste. We had a chance in 
several games. If we would have played 
a little more error free, we would have 
had a chance to get those close wins. 

Still, we had success, and I can't 
thank our fans and students enough for 
their support," he said. 

Several players agreed with the 
coach's assessment. 

"It wasn't the season we were 
hoping for. but I think we definitely 
built up momentum for next year," 
Adcock said. The signal caller finished 
his Samford career third among Bulldog 
quarterbacks. "Record wise, we didn't 


improve much but we put up some great num- 
bers as a team." 

Junior linebacker Rodney Shepherd also was 
pleased with the season's outcome, and said he 
looks forward to coming back for his senior year. 
Shepherd led the Bulldogs in tackles (88) for the 
second year in a row. 

: 'We grew more as a team this year than in 
^past seasons,'' Shepherd said. "We were able to 
put more trust in each other. We didn't point 
fingers like we have before." 

Shepherd attributed the team's "growing up" 
to the quality performance of the newly-instated 
coaching staff. 

"Coach Sullivan is a great guy and he's put 
together an excellent staff," Shepherd said. "Our 
coaches are very passionate about what they do, 
and they relate to us very well. They take pride 
and put forth a lot of effort." 

Sullivan said the revamped program is off to 
a good start but still has a long way to go. He 
also said the move to the Southern Conference 
will require a more talented and skilled team. 

"We've got to get more people in here that 
can make plays," Sullivan said. "We had a chance 
to win in each game we played. That's where 
we've got to find somebody to make a pla 
someone who can make a difference." 

Sullivan also said those additional key play- 
makers would give the Bulldogs a much needed 
boost in the Southern Conference. 

"We're really taking a step up," Sullivan said. 
"We need a really good recruiting year to back 
up last year and start increasing our talent level 
in order to compete. From top to bottom, the 
SoCon will be more talented than the OVC." 

Sullivan cited the need for more improved 
facilities to get the program on the fast track. 
During the 2007 season, the Bulldogs held their 
team meeting in the racquetball courts, watch- 
ing game film while sitting on the floor. 

With the Pete Hanna Center now gracing 
Samford's campus, the team, along with several 
other Samford teams, has a much more accom- 
modating place to take care of business. 

Sullivan said he was thankful for the "excel- 
lent support" given to him by Athletics Director 
Bob Roller and University President Andrew 

"We all wish we could just twink our nose 
and have it done right now," Sullivan said about 
the rebuilding process. "The reality is it's going 
to take some time to get it done. But we're on 
the fast track to getting there." 




Setting New Standards 

By Jackie Jaszcz 

Photos and Spread: Austn Richardson 

Hard work pays off. The Samford volleyball 
team proved that this season by making Samford 
history. With depth to the roster and leadership 
from the captains, the Bulldogs were able to gain 
confidence and increase competitive play in their 
last season in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

Working hard from day one with two-a-day 
workouts during pre-season training in early 
August, the team had a breakout season. After 
finishing last in the OVC the year before and be- 
ing picked 10 th in the pre-season polls, the team 
was out to prove everyone wrong. 

"Our goals as a team were to make it to the 
OVC tournament and to have a winning record," 
captain junior libero Courtney Gay said. 

The team achieved the second of their two 
goals with the first winning season in 20 years 
of Samford volleyball history. Their first goal fell 
shy when they lost the sixth place tiebreak in 
the final OVC standings to rival Tennessee Tech 

"I was very pleased with the first winning 
record in school history," head coach Michelle 
Durban said. "It was unfortunate that we didn't 
make it to the OVC due to the tiebreak, but I 
think having the first winning record in school 
history is more important for the program to 
continue to grow." 

While the season was successful overall, it 
began with a rough start. The Bulldogs began 
competitive play at the Magic/Music City Invite 
in Nashville where they fell to both Lipscomb 
and Belmont. Although the season started off 
slow, the team was hungry for a win. 

The first victory of the season came when 
they defeated UT-Chattanooga on August 29. 
Gay set a new Samford individual record during 
this match with 42 defensive digs, spurring up 
excitement and motivation for the team on the 

The season continued at the Samford Invita- 
tional where they earned the championship title 
defeating both Troy and Coastal Carolina. Soon 
after, they traveled to Chicago for the DePaul 
Invitational where they beat South Alabama 
and Kennesaw State, but fell to DePaul in a close 


five-game match. Their winning pre-season record gave the team 
confidence and the feeling of preparedness entering into conference 

The Bulldogs kicked off their first conference game of the season 
with a win against Murray State, defeating the Racers 3-1. The 
Bulldogs went on to win 1 1 of 20 conference matches, including 
the match versus the top-ranked in-state rival Jacksonville State 

"I think that the team was successful this year due to depth. 
Every single person added something to this team and I think every- 
one bought into the team mentality," Durban said. "The JSU match 
at home was the most memorable game. We had a great crowd, and 
for us to beat the number one team in the conference at the time, I 
think showed everyone that this program has arrived," Durban said. 

The Bulldogs were lead by senior captain Angela Dempski and 
junior co-captain Courtney Gay. 

"It was an amazing experience to be captain this year. I had a 
run at it my sophomore season, but I feel that being a senior and 
having more experience as a player made being a leader for the team 
so much easier. I wasn't always the best captain at times, but it real- 
ly helps when you have teammates who are so great and are willing 
to follow your lead. Having Courtney as a co-captain was also really 
helpful," Dempski said. 

The season ended with a two-game winning weekend in the 
new Pete Hanna Center. The match against Eastern Kentucky 
University was the first official sporting event in the arena. The 
Bulldogs swept the Colonels 3-0 to seal the first arena event with a 

"We are really proud to be undefeated in the Pete Hanna Center. 
Hopefully we can continue that streak into next season," sopho- 
more middle blocker Shenden Stanghor said. 

The last weekend of play sent seniors Dempski and Robin 
Bishop off on a good note. They said they were happy about getting 
to play their last two matches in the new arena. 

The team finished 11-9 in conference matches and 16-13 overall. 
Stanghor and freshman setter Hillary Fountain were awarded post- 
season honors. Stanghor was named to the First Team All-OVC, 
and Fountain was named to the All-Newcomers List. 

"I think the team will be very good next year. Only one starter 
graduated and 1 1 players are returning, so I think it will be another 
competitive year of volleyball," Durban said. 

However, after the conclusion of the season, Samford ath- 
letics announced Durban as assistant athletics director for compli- 
ance. She stepped down as head coach to fulfill her new role in the 
athletics department. 

Another big change for the team next year is the move to the 
Southern Conference. Durban believes the team will be able to step 
in and compete right away, especially with the boost of confidence 
from coming off of a winning season. 

There are major adjustments to be made in the program before 
next fall, but the team is walking with their heads held high and 
confidence set in their steps. 


It takes time 

By Britney Almaguer 

Photos: Jon Londeen 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

The men's and women's cross country teams finished 
their 2007 season with outcomes a little different than what 
was originally expected. 

As part of the sport, the runners are use to dealing with 
setbacks such as injuries, but more than a few athletes found 
themselves trying to overcome obstacles. From the very 
beginning of the season, many of the athletes were plagued 
with injuries. Rolled ankles, shin splits, back problems, stress 
reactions, fractures and a case of severe anemia affected the 
women's team this year. 

Even though the women came in with multiple inju- 
ries and low expectations for the season, they continued to 
improve throughout the season. "I think the girls' team did 
amazing as a group this season. We always have setbacks, 
but this year we overcame more than ever," junior co-captain 
Katie Almand said. 

At the Ohio Valley Conference Championship held locally 
at Spain Park in Hoover, the women earned second place as 
a team. Senior Lauren Blankenship placed 1st in the 5k race 
with a time of 17:26, followed by freshman Hillary Neal 
in 7th place and sophomore Lauren Pilcher in 13th place. 
Blankenship and Neal were named to the OVC First-Team, 
All-Conference, and Pilcher was named to the second-team, 

All-Conference. With her strong performances, Blankenship 
was awarded OVC Female Runner of the Year for the third 
time in her career, while Neal was named OVC Freshman of 
the Year. 

The women's team went on to compete in the 6k NCAA 
South Regional Championships against teams in the south 
region. The meet was held in Gainesville, Fla. The women 
placed eighth out of 20 teams. "I think our girls' team did ex- 
tremely well. They ended the season better than what we had 
expected at the beginning. Getting eighth at regionals was an 
outstanding accomplishment and it bows well for the future," 
Coach Glenn McWaters said. 

Their placement was not only a surprise to the women, 
but to the other teams as well. "Everyone counted us out go- 
ing into regionals, but we really came through and surprised 
them in the end. We pulled together as a team and that is 
what it's all about," Almand said. 

Blankenship qualified for nationals placing in third overall 
with a time of 20:45. Freshman Jillian Klassen was the second 
runner to finish for the Samford women's team, followed by 
senior Britney Almaguer. Pilcher came in at 23:16 and sopho- 
more Ina Abies at 23:28. 

The NCAA Nationals, also a 6k race, was held in Terre 
Haute, Ind. Blankenship came in 24th receiving All-American 
honors, which is an award recognizing the top 25 runners 
in the nation. During the 2007 season, Blankenship was also 
named OVC Athlete-of-the-Week three out of nine weeks. 

"Overall I'd say that I had a really strong season," said 
Blankenship. "There is nothing better than setting a goal, 
working hard at it, and seeing results come from that. I have 
no complaints for my last cross country season ever." 

McWaters was pleased with his leader's last season as 
well. "Lauren did extremely well. I was very happy and 
pleased with her performance," McWaters said. 

Although there were still a few of the athletes who did 
not perform as they had anticipated, they are looking forward 
to the next season. "This season was not what I wanted it to 
be; struggling through repetitive rolling of my right ankle and 
shin stress reactions, but the Lord has brought me through it. 
I'm really looking forward to track season, and I hope that it 
will go better," Abies said 

Klassen felt that it was a season of growth. While fighting 
a severe case of anemia most of the season, she still managed 
to place well at Regionals. "The doctor said I was so anemic 
she didn't know how I was walking up stairs on campus, let 
alone running. I feel like God really used that time to draw 


me closer to Him, as He continues to teach me to depend on 
Him more. And perhaps I became a tougher runner too," she 

While there were many notable performances on the 
women's side, the Samford men's team came out of the 
season very disappointed. With hard summer training behind 
them, the men had held high hopes regarding their upcoming 

"We were looking to do really well. We really had a strong 
team coming into this year," senior co-captain Drew Ander- 
wald said. 

The men had all nine of their runners as returnees from 
the 2006 season, as well as two incoming freshmen: Scott 
Cope and Ross LaPorte. 'At the time trials, we had the fastest 
times that we've ever had. We were thinking we could pos- 
sibly place really well at conference, if not win it. Unfortu- 
nately it didn't pan out," Anderwald said. 

The men had their own set of injuries ranging from stress 
fractures to knee problems and even to stitches in a hand 
resulting from pumpkin carving. With several men either 
running with injuries or on the sidelines, the men placed sixth 

out of 1 1 teams in the conference championships. Anderwald 
led the way for the Bulldogs placing 13th with a time of 
25:57, followed by red-shirt junior Bo Brawner who placed 
20th and junior Cameron Bean who placed 24th. Anderwald 
was named second-team, All-Conference. 

Brawner echoed the men's disappointment, but with 
another season of eligibility in cross country, he knows what 
it is going to take to see improvement. "I think that everyone 
else has just gotten better and we have not improved as much 
as they have. Upping our mileage and starting a weight train- 
ing or plyometrics regiment is the next step in helping the 
team to reach our full potential," he said. 

The men ended their season at the NCAA South Regional 
Championships placing 15th out of 19 teams. Anderwald 
again crossed the line first for the men with a time of 33:11, 
followed by Brawner in 33:20, sophomore Chas Keithan in 
34:29. Sophomore Patrick Ollinger had a time of 34:45 and 
Cope had a time of 34:49. 

The men and women cross country teams finished with 
eyes focused forward as they continued to train and work 
toward the indoor and outdoor track seasons. 


Running the Race of Perseverance 

By Sarah Gardner 

Photos: Courtesy of The Samford Crimson 

Spread: Austin Richarsdon 

The 2008 season brought multiple successes and individ- 
ual honors for the men's and women's track and field team. 
However, the team faced one of their greatest mid-season 
challenges in school history: the dismissal of its long time 
record-setting head coach, Glenn McWaters. 

With the elders leading the way, this year's team, includ- 
ing one of the largest freshmen classes in school history with 
21, set and broke many school and personal records and 
proved that adversity on the outside does not affect what 
happens on the track. 

Prior to the spring outdoor season, the team competed 
in multiple indoor track meets for preparation. The achieve- 
ments of the team were immediate. However, the OVC 
indoor championships proved a tough trial for both teams as 
both finished fifth, despite setting multiple school records. 

"I'm proud that the team was able to set so many school 
records during the indoor season," said sophomore middle-dis- 
tance runner Elysse Rippe. "It says a lot about the conference 
that we only placed fifth. Although it wasn't how we wanted 
to finish, I think it helped because it motivated the team to 
work harder and get better for the outdoor season." 

The hard work from the indoor season became evident 

when several individuals posted standout performances in 
the first outdoor meet. Freshman Hillary Neal began her run 
to OVC Freshman of the Year, setting a school record in the 
1500-meter race and finishing first in the event. In addition, 
eighteen Bulldogs placed in the top ten at the meet. Following 
the first outdoor meet of the season, the Bulldogs made his- 
tory when four athletes from the same school received OVC 
honors in the same week. 

The first Bulldog to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Region- 
al Meet was senior All-Amencan Lauren Blankenship, who 
won the women's 5,000-meter. Following her performance 
at this meet, Blankenship was once again named the OVC 
Female Track Athlete of the Week. 

However, two other talented athletes walked away from 
the meet successful, but without the harvest of their work. 
Senior Michael Smith missed the regional qualifying mark 
by only seven-tenths of a second while Neal set a new all- 
time school record in the 1,500-meter event, but missed the 
regional qualifying mark by exactly one second. 

It was at this point in the season when it was announced 
that 12-year head coach Glenn McWaters, who brought in 
four conference championships and Coach of the Year awards, 
as well as more than 150 school records, had been dismissed 
from Samford's coaching staff. He was temporarily suspended 
for a period of time before this announcement, but team 
members and Samford Athletics did not disclose any informa- 
tion until the official dismissal was announced. 

Despite their confusion and sadness at the dismissal of 
their head coach, the Bulldogs pushed forward with assistant 
coach Chad James as the interim head coach. At the Georgia 
Bulldog Unlimited, Smith qualified for the NCAA Mideast 
Regional Meet in the men's 400-meter hurdles, overcoming 
the trials of losing his head coach and missing the mark in 
the previous meet. Also, Blankenship, along with seven other 
Bulldogs, set new personal best times, and two Bulldogs 
received weekly OVC honors. 

Upon the completion of the regular season meets, Neal 
was named OVC Female Freshman of the Year for her out- 
standing accomplishments throughout the season, including 
setting the OVC's best times in both the 800 and 1,500-meter 
events during the regular season. 

In the outdoor OVC Championships Meet, the Bulldogs 
outperformed themselves breaking multiple records, many of 
their own. The women finished second overall and captured 
their highest finish in school history, while the men finished 
fifth overall. 


"Our women definitely came ready to compete," James said. "They all stepped up and did what they 
were asked to do." 

Blankenship was named Female Athlete of the OVC Championships and picked up multiple AI1- 
OVC honors. Neal won the 800-meters event, finally qualifying her for the NCAA Mideast Regional 
Meet along with her time in the 1,500-meters race. 

"Every person stepped up and performed to the ability that I knew they were capable of. This was 
the highest finish for both of these teams in the conference championships, and I think it's the perfect 
way to leave the OVC and head into the Southern Conference," James said. 

The NCAA Mideast Regional Meet did not go as hoped for the three Bulldogs in competition. 
Blankenship. Smith and Neal did not finish in the top five of their respective events, which would have 
allowed them to automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. Blankenship finished seventh in 
the women's 5,000-meter, Smith finished 20th in the men's 400-meter hurdles and Neal finished 16th in 
the women's 1500-meter. Smith and Neal did not make it out of the preliminary round. 

Blankenship was given a bid on June 3 to the National Meet after two runners ranked above her de- 
cided they would run in the 10,000-meter race instead of the 5,000-meter race. This moved her ranking 
up to number five, giving her the last spot of race eligibility 

The Bulldogs ended their time in the OVC on a positive note with expectations high for next season 
as they enter the Southern Conference. Prior to the 2008 season, Blankenship signed on as an assistant 
coach to the Bulldogs for the 2008-2009 cross country and track and field teams. She will be assisting 
new Samford Head Coach Rod Tiffin, who commenced his role as head coach on July 1, 2008. He comes 
to Samford from the University of Alabama after working as an assistant coach for 1 1 years. Tiffin was 
a former Auburn standout and brings passion and experience to the 2008 cross country team. 


One season, one team, one in history 

Photos: Boh Miller 
Spread: Austin Richard 

Unity, perseverance, overcoming adversity; these are all 
words that can be usee ■ ii scribe the Samford women's 
soccer team this year. But when asked for a common theme 
or word to encompass the fall season, the team unanimously 
agreed on the word 'one." 

At the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, senior captain 
Cassie Applegate passed out bracelets to each player with the 
word "one" on them. The bracelets stood for, "one game at a 
k| time. audience of One. dream. as one. ..we are 
number one.' Every girl wore her bracelet the entirety of the 
weekend as a reminder to the motivation behind the tourna- 
ment and the season as a whole. 

This season was a series of consecutive ups and downs for 
the team as they experienced many injuries and some close 
losses while making Samford history. The Bulldogs finished 
with an overall record of 15-5-1 and 8-1 in the OVC. 

"I'm so proud of this group of players," head coach Todd 
Yelton said. "They never made excuses with players out due 
to injury. That's what you want to teach your kids, that's 
what you want to teach your players. It's a lire lesson, every- 
one in life faces adversity, but if you go on to invest time and 
energy in it. then good things happen- for you." 

The initial roster was the largest it has ever been in pro- 
gram history with 26 girls on the team. However, the depth 
was utilized throughout the course of the season due to the 
frequency of injuries. Three girls tore their ACL's, one girl had 
a season-ending facial injury and many other girls visited the 
training room often for nagging minor injuries from August 
until November. 

Head Athletic Trainer Michelle Johnson has been with 
the team for three years and said she has never experienced a 
season quite like this one before. 

Despite the multitude of injuries, the team had a very 
successful season. After starting off with a pair of losses in 
preseason games, heads were held high and the team kicked- 
off their record with a winning weekend in the Samford Bar- 
ber's Invitational tournament against state-neighbors Georgia 
Southern and Kennesaw State. 

The Bulldogs played a total of eight games before begin- 
ning conference play on September 28. Their schedule was 
no easy task with games against high-ranked teams including 
Miami, Memphis, Indiana, High Point, Auburn and UAB. 
They put up a good fight against Miami, Indiana and Auburn, 
but lost all three games. However, the Bulldogs came up with 
wins against Memphis, High Point and UAB, which put the 
Bulldogs on the national RPI rankings radar and gave them a 

boost of confidence entering into regular season play. 

The Bulldogs dominated in the OVC with eight straight 
wins. On October 15. they jumped to number 14 in the 
Southeast Regional rankings, to stay there the remainder of 
the season, and number 32 in the national RPI rankings. This 
is the highest RPI in Bulldog soccer history. 

However, the winning streak came to an end in the final 
game of the season when the team faced second-in-conference 
Southeast Missouri. The Bulldogs had to pull a win or a tie 
against the Redhawks in order to win their fifth-straight 
conference title and host the OVC Tournament. After playing 
a scoreless 100 minutes, the game went into the second over- 
time and the Redhawks finished a golden goal opportunity in 
the 102 nd minute, winning the game, the conference and the 
right to host the conference tournament. 

"That was one of the hardest days in my soccer career." 
senior Heather Birdsell said. "We had won conference the past 
four years in a row and to see SEMO just take it from us like 
that Was devastating. But the season had been so great all the 
way through that I couldn't let that game bring the whole 
thing down." 

Despite the heartbreaking loss, the Bulldogs knew there 
was a big task in front of them to defeat SEMO on their own 
field for the conference championship and earn an automatic 
birth to the NCAA tournament. They spent the two weeks 
prior to the tournament training on the football field m order 
to get adjusted to the turf surface that they had to play on at 
the OVC tournament. 

When the tournament came, the girls' determination 
and desire to win had never been stronger. After watching 
teammates suffer season-ending injuries, experiencing a heavy 
heartbreaking loss to SEMO and going through three months 
of intense training and weight-lifting, the team was ready to 
rightfully take the OVC Tournament title for the last time 
before the move to the Southern Conference. 

Going into the tournament, the Bulldogs thought they 
had seen their share of highs and lows for the season. How- 
ever, the team lost 5-3 in penalty kicks to SEMO in the con- 
ference finals and felt the weight of the season come crashing 
down. For good, they thought. 

Yelton encouraged the team to keep their heads up despite 
the emotional loss. Before the game he told his team that 
regardless of what was about to happen, he was so proud of 
them for always giving their best effort the entire season. 

"I am extremely proud of this team. This was one of the 
most enjoyable seasons I've ever had coaching, and I wouldn't 
trade this group of kids for any other team," Yelton said. 

Just when the team thought the season was over, their 
high rank of 40 in the national RPI rankings got them an 
at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs became 

the first team in Samford and OVC history to 
receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament without 
winning the conference tournament. 

The low feelings of defeat had to be quickly 
washed away to make room for focus on the big 
game at hand. The team spent the week training 
and then headed down to Florida State Univer- 
sity in Tallahassee to play LSI', ranked second in 
the bracket, on Friday, November 9. 

This was the Bulldogs' second NCAA Tourna- 
ment appearance. They advanced to the second 
round in 2005 after defeating Vanderbilt in 
penalty kicks on their own field. 

The Bulldogs lost to LSU in double over-time. 
Instead of heartache, the team rejoicedfor the 
I record-settmg season they had, even with the 
over-time and penalty kick losses against SEMO. 
After the game, Yelton and the team celebrated 
their success, the opportunity they were given 
to be a part of the NCAA Tournament and the 
potential for the continually growing program. 

This season brought in a multitude of records 
for the women's soccer team and Samford. 
Along with the at-large bid to the NCAA Tour- 
nament, the team set a school record with nine 
consecutive victories, earned the highest nationa 
RPI ranking the program has ever seen (32 nd ) and 
set the all-time single season scoring record of 43 
goals, surpassing the previous record of 38 goals 
in the 2000 campaign. 

"Every goal was a total team effort. It's 
amazing how well we all connected both on 
and off the field this season. We couldn't ask for 
anything better; the good and the bad. Every- 
thing happens for a reason, and this season was 
a great experience for the whole team," freshman 
leading scorer Lauren Cook said. 

The fall semester concluded with the an- 
nouncement of Yelton's ten-year contract 
signing. Since becoming the most victorious 
soccer coach in Bulldog soccer history, Yelton 
has gained national respect as one of the top 
women's collegiate soccer coaches in the coun- 
try. He will continue to work toward making the 
program a top 25 team in the nation. 

The "oneness" of the team held them togeth- 
er during the difficult times, but also led them to 
great accomplishments in the 2007 season. The 
women's soccer team will join all of Samford 
athletics in the move to the Southern Confer- 
ence for the 2008 campaign. 

For the love of the game 

By Matt Stamp 

Photos: Courtesy of Men's Club Soccer 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Sometimes the only benefits of adversity are the lessons 
learned throughout the process. This was the case for the 
men's club soccer team this year. 

It was a difficult year for club as they struggled for consis- 
tency throughout the entire season. With their only win com- 
ing by way of a forfeit, the Bulldogs never really looked or felt 
comfortable with the roster they put on the field. Injuries to 
several key players led to an inability to maintain a consistent 
starting lineup and an apparent disadvantage in every game. 

Expectations were high for this year's club team as the 
club was fairly successful last season and was returning sev- 
eral key starters. 

"1 thought we were going to have the best team that I had 
ever been a part of at Samford club," said fifth-year senior co- 
coach Brian Willett. "Last year, we had a really strong team, 
so I had very high expectations for the season." 

Despite the roster consisting of a much younger team this 
season, the talent was advanced. The returnees felt there was 
a lot of potential for the Bulldogs to pick up where last year's 
team left off and comprise another strong club soccer season. 
However, no one expected a winning record to be an easy 
feat. The team played a rigorous schedule including Auburn 

University, the University of Alabama, the University of 
Georgia, UT-Chattanooga and Ole Miss. 

With the Bulldogs playing larger schools, momentum was 
extremely important if they wanted to remain competitive 
throughout the season. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs did not 
start off on the right foot. They lost 4-0 in their first game 
against Auburn University, playing a step behind the speedy 

"This year we played the game against Auburn without 
our two starting forwards. A lot of guys didn't show and our 
25-man roster dropped down to 15. We were beat 4-0 and just 
didn't really start off well," Willett said. 

Momentum was also necessary to keep the younger play- 
ers encouraged and pushing strong for a successful season. 
After a very rocky first outing, several younger players were 
discouraged, and that feeling was difficult for the club to 
shake as the season progressed. 

"If you don't start off well, especially in club, guys aren't 
going to want to be nearly as willing to make sacrifices for the 
team," Willett said. 

Injuries also played a large part in the disappointing 
season for the Bulldog club team. Forward junior co-coach 
Michael Bowles was injured for the majority of the season, 
and his position showed to be an especially difficult role to 
fill in each game. Without consistent scoring forwards, the 
Bulldogs failed to score a goal until their third game against 
the University of Georgia Bulldogs at home. 

The inaugural goal of the season came from junior Cam- 
eron Searcy. Searcy struck a knuckle-ball shot from 45-yards 
out that eluded the UGA keeper and sent Samford fans into 
frenzy. Although it was only one goal, it was a light in a rut 
for the downtrodden Bulldog club team. 

Searcy, one of the few consistent starters on the team, 
provided the club with dedication and determination to make 
the most of a difficult season, Willett said. Although younger 
players became easily discouraged and the team was lacking 
in unity off the field, each game was played with intensity by 
those dedicated to the game and to the team. 

"Cameron has magic feet and amazing height; and he's 
very skilled," Anderson said. 

Searcy, who stands a towering 6-foot-5-inches, had a large 
advantage in headers over opposing defenders, a skill that 
often went underutilized. 

"I couldn't have been more proud of the guys when we 
were playing the games. We were usually getting beat, but 
everyone was still giving all they had," Willett said. 


After the glimpse of success in the game against UGA. the Bulldogs continued on to lose their next three games, leaving 
them with a 0-6 record and one game remaining in the season. This last game provided the lone win of the season for the Bull- 
dogs by way of a forfeit from UT-Chattanooga. 

After finishing the regular season with a 1-7 record, the club went on to play in the regional tournament at the end of Octo- 
ber where they faced George Mason University and a re-match against Auburn. Both games ended in a loss, officially bringing 
an end to the club soccer season. 

Although a disappointing season on paper for the Bulldog club soccer team, there is still a positive outlook for next year 
because of the dedication from the team during the difficult times. If the majority of the players return, the team will have a 
base from which to build and experience to serve as a motivation to have a winning record. 

"I think the team can be exponentially better if everyone has the same determination. I believe we could be 8-0 next year 
with the incoming talent and continued dedication from this year's team," Anderson said. 

Sometimes you have to go through the heat and fire to be refined. It's not easy to lose, but winning isn't everything. There's 
always next year. 






By Jonathan Flowers 

Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Dramatic endings are not always the best 
way to conclude a season, especially when 
you're on the side of defeat. However, lessons are 
always learned and improvements made when 
things do not end as they should. 

The men's basketball team concluded their 
2007-08 season with a triple overtime defeat 
from UT Martin, marking the second consecu- 
tive year the Bulldogs have been one game short 
of advancing to the OVC Tournament semifi- 
nals. They bid farewell to the OVC in a hard- 
fought game where head coach Jimmy Tillette 

said, "They played like champions." Despite this effort, the Skyhawks 
moved on with a 101-94 victory, only to be defeated by Austin Peay in the 

Samford finished 5 th with a record of 10-10 in their final run through 
OVC regular season play They went 3-5 in OVC Tournament history, 
reaching as far as the finals in 2006. Next season, they will embark upon 
their first attempt at the Southern Conference, home of this year's NCAA 
Tournament Elite Eight participant Davidson. 

The 2007-08 season was a time of both beginnings and ends for the 
Bulldogs. Along with the final run through the OVC, the team hosted 
their home games in the inaugural year of the brand new, $32-million Pete 
Hanna Center. On the court, seniors through freshmen were called to step 
up to the line and perform in order to get the job done. There was never 
a flow of consecutive wins or losses, but the team learned perseverance 
through their 14-16 overall record. 

The Bulldogs returned senior starters Joe 
Ross Merritt, Travis Peterson and Curtis West af- 
ter each played pivotal roles in the their winning 
16-15, 2006-07 season. West, a 6 foot guard from 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, averaged 7.2 points 
in the team's first five games before suffering 
a season ending shoulder injury while practic- 
ing in preparation for Samford's pivotal match 
up against Florida State, where they lost 45-61 
in Tallahassee. The upside to the point guard's 
misfortune, however, is that West was forced to 
red shirt and is expected to return to the team 
next season. 

Merritt, younger brother of former Samford 
Ail-American forward J. Robert Merritt, was 
second in team scoring with 12.1 points per 
game while also logging 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 
assists per contest. This year, the guard became 
Samford's all-time leader in games played with 
121 games. As an experienced player, he was 
called to step up in the leadership role on the 
court and guide the younger players who were 
just beginning to get some playing time. 

"It's been a lot different this season as a 
senior," Merritt said. "I remember when I was 
younger, especially in our offense, it seemed like 
I didn't know anything. Now, as a fifth-year 
senior, it's really the only way that I know how 
to play. I try to play hard all the time and I know 
that if I do that, the young guys will step up as 

Merritt was an integral part to the Samford 
offense, but the player who stood out the most 
statistically was Peterson. 


Expectations for Peterson's performance 
were high at the beginning of the season as he 
was named a member of the preseason All-OVC 
team. He concluded the season with second 
team All-OVC honors and was recognized as 
one of only eight players in all of the NCAA to 
lead his team in points, rebounds and assists. He 
notched an average of 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds 
and 3.6 assists per game. Peterson finished his 
illustrious Samford career 16 th on the school's all- 
time scoring list with 1,121 points, becoming the 
21 st player in Bulldog basketball history to eclipse 
to the 1,000 points mark. 

The 6-foot-10 inch senior from Glendale, 
Arizona, has often been referred to as a "guard in 
a center's body." 

"Growing up I always wanted to be a point 
guard," Peterson said. "I was always a pretty 
good ball handler. Even with the growth spurt, 
I was able to maintain my coordination and it 
ended up helping me fit into our offense here at 
Samford. It has been a great fit for me because it 
allows me to use the skill set that I developed in 
high school." 

Peterson's presence in Samford's frontcourt 
will be sorely missed in the years to come as 
the Bulldog's seek to find a replacement for the 
versatile big man. 

With the absence of both Merritt and 
Peterson next season, Samford will look to its 
young talent to lead the team into a crucial time 
of transition. True freshmen Josh Bedwell and 
Josh Davis played in a combined 57 of 60 games 
this season. The team returns key sophomore 
contributors Trey Montgomery and Bryan 
Friday. While the Bulldogs lose 42% of their scor- 
ing with the departure of Merritt and Peterson, 
many of Samford's young players are ready to 
step into leadership roles right away as the team 
looks to improve on its 14-16 record next season. 

While the Bulldogs will undoubtedly feel the 
loss of two senior starters as they enter their first 
season in the Southern Conference next year, 
the development of the team's young talent has 
bred optimism for the squad's future. Samford 
will have to be on top of their game as the level 
of their competition immediately escalates. 
Regardless of the level of the Bulldog's prospec- 
tive competition, the seemingly bright future of 
Samford men's basketball will lie solely in the 
hands of the team's budding young stars. 




There's No "I" in Team 

By Kylie Swyden 

Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

The Lady Bulldogs had an eventful and successful season 
despite some unforeseen obstacles and disappointments. The 
team finished with a 23-9 record, marking the seniors as the 
most winning class in program history. This team was an ex- 
ceptionally talented one, as there was not one shining player 
every game. Each girl was called to step up and play her role. 

The Lady Bulldogs started off the season as the number 
two pick in the Ohio Valley Conference. Senior Taryn Towns 
was satisfied with the pick because the team felt they did not 
have to prove that they were on top of the conference at the 
start, as they have in years past. Indeed, the team did prove 
many things this season, especially when starting junior point 
guard Megan Wilderotter suffered an early ACL tear, benching 
her for the majority of the season. Before the injury, she was 
quick to say that the team unity and chemistry was one of 

their strengths as a team. With Wilderotter 's injury, players 
joined together and proved that teamwork was indeed a real 
strength of this year's group. 

"There was not just one person who could score," said 
sophomore guard Monica Maxwell. "Everyone had the same 
attitude to win and there was no other reason anyone was on 
the court. We all have different personalities and I think that's 
why we worked so well together." 

This year's team was unique in that they depended on 
themselves over anything and anyone else to win the games. 
Head coach Mike Morris was extremely proud of this team 
and had an unprecedented season with this specific group of 
players. "It's about us and the game we play," said Morris. 

He is a coach with realistic goals and discernment as to 
what the team is capable of doing and how to make the most 
out of their different skills and abilities. This year's seniors 
exemplified strong leadership, evident in the crucial mo- 
ments on the court throughout the season. Not only were the 
seniors important to results, but they were also examples for 
the younger players to mimic, specifically the freshmen. 

However, two freshmen provided a mark of leadership 
on the court as well. Both Emily London and Savannah Hill 
notched OVC Freshman of the Week honors throughout the 
season. With five weekly honors, London received OVC Fresh- 
man of the Year and was Samford's lone representative on All- 
Conference teams (Second Team and All-Newcomer). London 
finished the season as team leader in scoring and second in 
assists, as well as leader in the OVC in three-point field goal 
percentage. Towns represented Samford and the senior class 
in accolades being named to the OVC All-Tournament team. 

Juniors Chika Okoli, a forward, and Karmen Smith, a 
guard, played significant roles in the winning season, as both 
understood how to selflessly execute plays and work as team 
players. Senior Alex Munday was crucial to the offensive 
efforts of the season and her experience proved to be a neces- 
sary component to success. 

With no one, stand-out player, the team was able to 
produce wins, regardless of who was on the court. This year's 
win against Eastern Illinois University in double overtime 
called for the team to step up together after playmaker Max- 
well fouled out. 

"It was a team effort and not just about one individual." 
Maxwell said. 

At one point in the season, the team's record was 15-1. all 
wins being conference games. However, the season came to 
a disappointing end when the Lady Bulldogs lost to Mur- 
ray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals. Nevertheless, 
these players took pride in their work and game and ended 
the season with their heads up, looking forward to the next 
opportunity to play as a team. 





Baseball Ends Strong in the OVC 

By Ryan England 
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

The baseball team completed one of the most successful seasons in the 
history of the program. The team finished the 2008 season with a 32-23 
record overall and garnered a 19-7 record in OVC play, falling only behind 
in-state rival Jacksonville State in the final conference standings. 

The team began the 2008 season with back-to-back losses at Kennesaw 
State, registering their first win of the year in the final game of that three- 
game series. Following the two losses at Kennesaw State, the Bulldogs 
seemed to turn things around quickly and jumped off to a great start win- 
ning 14 of the next 20 match ups. At one point in the season, the Bulldogs 
had a 16 game home winning streak, one of the longest home winning 
streaks in the nation. 

The Bulldogs fell to Tennessee Tech 7-6 in the final game of the regular 
season, but their success throughout the rest of the season earned them a 
number two seeding in the OVC tournament and a bye in the first round. 

The Bulldogs concluded the season with two losses in the OVC tourna- 
ment, which was held in Paducah, Kentucky at Murray State. They fell 8-4 
in the first game against Eastern Illinois, and followed that game up with 
a 9-1 loss to Tennessee Tech in the season finale. It was not the ending 
desired, but the national recognition from regular season play will put the 
Bulldogs in good standing going into the Southern Conference next year. 

The year's club was led by junior First-Team All-OVC performer 
Michael Marseco. Marseco was also on the OVC All-Tournament team 
and was a 2006 Freshman Ail-American. He led the team in nearly every 
batting category, stolen bases and most games played. Marseco finished 
the year with a batting average of .419. He boasted a slugging percentage 
of .613, had an on-base percentage of .463, led the team in hits with 93 and 
led the team in runs scored with 52. 

Senior Bear Burnett from Birmingham, AL led the Bulldogs in homer- 
uns with seven, followed by senior Michael Rutledge, a Cullman, AL native 
who transferred from Mississippi State. Earlier in the season, Rutledge 
faced a scary injury at Georgia State in which a foul ball ricocheted off of 
a dugout post and hit him in the right temple, knocking him out. Once 
headaches subsided, he returned to the field and was a crucial part of the 
Bulldogs' lineup. 

The Bulldogs pitching staff was led by junior Jonathan Stephens. His 
ERA was 2.22 through 81.0 innings pitched. Stephens registered seven 
wins on the season, followed by Trent Hill who was credited with six 
wins. Stephens totaled 43 strikeouts in his 81 innings pitched. 

The Bulldog defense was solid throughout the year as well. Tripp 
Swann, Matthew Bennett, Bo Smith, Drew Reagan and Joe Durham all 
had a fielding percentage of 1.000 to lead the team. 

This year's team will lose eight seniors, but the future looks bright for 
Coach Casey Dunn and his staff. A new beginning in the Southern Confer- 
ence will give the Bulldogs different goals and challenges to face as they set 
new standards against the SoCon competition. 





Putting: the Pieces Together 

By Val Kikkert 
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Perseverance pays off; especially 
for the softball team. This year, the 
Bulldogs went from being ranked eighth 
in the OVC and on the edge of ending 
with the regular season, to finishing 
the season in the semifinal round of 
the OVC Tournament. After a rough 
start to the season, head coach Beanie 
Ketcham and the players did not let 
the lack of positive results hold them 
back from continuing to work toward a 
season of success. 

Early on, the team faced some dif- 
ficult challenges. To begin with, last 
year's starting pitcher Stephanie Royall 
experienced a season-ending injury 
before regular season play began, and 
the team was forced to look to two 
freshmen and a sophomore for leader- 
ship on the mound. Ketcham was aware 
of the pressure the young players were 
experiencing, but she said she felt all of 
the pitchers matured throughout the 

Freshmen Kayla Burris and Margaret 
Carter shared the mound with sopho- 
more Amanda Barrs, who started most 
of the games. All three finished with a 
close number of wins and saves each. 
Carter was injured midway through the 
season, but returned toward the end 
and received OVC Pitcher of the Week 
in the final series of regular season play. 

Also early in the season, the team 
suffered a five-game losing streak, four 
of which were played at home. Confer- 
ence play did not flow easily for the 
Bulldogs either as they lost four of 
their first five conference series match- 
ups. Ketcham said the team was doing 
everything right, but the pieces were 
just not being put together at the right 
time. The team was making too many 
costly errors that could have prevented 
some of the negative results at the end 
of the day. 

The Bulldogs finally got their game 

together midway through conference 
play. They won the final four series 
match-ups with tournament stakes on 
the line in the final two series verse Ten- 
nessee State and UT Martin. 

With the much needed series victory 
over Tennessee State, the Bulldogs had 
to win two games against UT Martin 
to place sixth in the conference, which 
would lead them to the final seed in 
the tournament. In 2007, the Bulldogs 
lost to UT Martin in post-season play. 
However, Samford "returned the favor" 
in 2008 by sweeping the Skyhawks in 

the three-game series and beating them 
out of a conference tournament seed. 
This was the first time UT Martin had 
not gone to the OVC Tournament since 

As the last-placed team in the 
tournament, the Bulldogs came in and 
swept third-ranked Eastern Kentucky, to 
whom they had lost in conference play 
earlier this season. In game two of the 
day, the second round of the tourna- 
ment, Samford shut out second-ranked 
Morehead State 3-0, another conference 
foe who had defeated them earlier in 
the season. 

After flowing with the season-long 

six-game winning streak, the Bulldogs' 
streak was snapped by first-ranked Jack- 
sonville State in the semifinal round. 
However, the Bulldogs were given a 
second chance to make it to the finals 
by playing Tennessee Tech. who had 
also lost earlier in the tournament. After 
a close fight, the Golden Eagles defeated 
the Bulldogs 6-5, ending the season for 

Samford went 25-29 overall this 
season. They set multiple individual 
and team records despite the slow start 
to the season. Junior Jessica Owens led 
the team in batting average with .330. 
She surpassed the school all-time hitting 
record of 59 hits, finishing the year with 
60. Owens has also compiled the most 
stolen bases in her three-year career 
with 15, 19 and 20, setting her own 
record, as well as the all-time school 
record, in stolen bases this year. Owens 
was named to the First-Team All-OVC. 

Barrs set the all-time record for runs 
batted in with 42 on the season. She 
surpassed the school record of 33 RBI. 
Barrs was named to the 2008 OVC 
All-Tournament Team along with senior 
Jeslyn Metcalf. 

Finally, freshman Aaren Fisher rep- 
resented Samford on the OVC All-New- 
comer Team. As a true freshman, she 
started all 50 games of the season and 
finished second in RBI with 39. Fisher 
was also a competitor in the home runs 
and batting average categories on the 

As a team, the Bulldogs' appearance 
to the semifinal round of the OVC Tour- 
nament was its first in school history. 
They finished sixth in their final season 
in the OVC. While the Bulldogs did not 
advance all the way to the finals, they 
learned that picking up the pieces and 
putting them together throughout the 
difficult times of the season leads to 
great rewards and success at the end. 



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Freshmen Drive^the Way 

By Ben Hankins: 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

One key phrase describes the 2008 Samford men's golf team: a work in 

The Bulldogs failed to break into the top three in all of the tournaments 
in which they competed, but the team also started four freshmen on a 
team of five players down the stretch. 

"We were very young this year, but because of that, I think we can only 
get better," head coach Woodie Eubanks said. 

The team finished the season tying for seventh place in the OVC 
Championship. That finish followed a stretch of two previous tourna- 
ments in which the team failed to place in the top 15. 

"As a team, we didn't finish well down the stretch of this season," Eu- 
banks said. "But at the same time, I'm proud of how our guys didn't quit." 

Samford's best performance came on March 16-18 at the Drake Diablo 
Invitational in Diablo, Calif. The team met its goal by breaking into the 
top five for the first time in 2008, finishing fourth in the tournament. 

The Bulldogs bested seven other teams from around the country in 
Diablo. They shot one of their best rounds of the season on day two of 
the tourney, posting a 294, 38 strokes better than their score in round one. 
They finished the tournament with a third round score of 306, just four 
shots behind the winning team, Loyola College. 

The Bulldogs met their goal one more time during the season, placing 
fifth at the Samford Invitational in Oneonta, Ala., the week before the 
Diablo invite. 

The team was pleased with the top five finish, but was unable to capi- 
talize on its home course at the Limestone Golf and Country Club. The 
Bulldogs dropped two spots in the final round. 

"Our goal was to finish in the top five, and we achieved that goal. I 
think if we had had a better third round, we could have won the whole 
thing," Eubanks said. 

The Bulldogs relied heavily on the freshman golfers but also received 
solid contribution from junior John Turnipseed, who was the lone upper- 
classmen starter on the team down the stretch of the season. 

Turnipseed was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 77.3 for the 
season. Freshmen Martin Bunt, Ian Cutting and Tyler Baird led Samford in 
scoring, each averaging within a half of a stroke of each other. Bunt shot 
76.7, Cutting 76.8 and Baird 76.9. Freshman Houston Hough rounded out 
the Bulldog starters with an 80.6 scoring average for the season. 

With combined rounds from a total of seven players, the team aver- 
aged 306.1 for the season. That score ranked the Bulldogs eighth out of ten 
competing teams in the OVC. With four starting freshmen, the Bulldogs 
were easily the youngest team in the conference. 

Inexperience may be an understatement for this team. The Bulldogs 
top three scorers were freshmen. However, Eubanks said this was a posi- 
tive for the future of the program. 

"With the experience that our four freshmen got this year, I'm very 
excited about the future of this program," Eubanks said. 



Playing Above Par 

By Ben Hankins 
Spread Austin Richardson 

The women's golf team had one of its best seasons in school history in 2008, continuing to climb 
the ladder of conference and national approval. 

The major highlight from the team's season was also a program first. In the team's first spring 
tournament, the Bulldogs made history by capturing the program's first ever tournament victory. 

The Bulldogs bested a field of four other teams at the Ann Rhoads BSC Shootout at Timberline 
Golf Club in Calera, Ala. Birmingham Southern hosted the tournament, held Feb. 25 and 26. 

"I'm so proud of the way our girls played in this tournament," head coach Eubanks said after the 
tournament. "This win makes me even more excited about the season, and it's such a great thing for 
our girls to be a part of history like this." 

Coach Ian Thompson, who was the team's head coach prior to 2007 and now serves as an assis- 
tant, said the program's first victory carries a lot of weight in the future progression of the team. 

"We're to the point now where we can always be in contention to win tournaments," Thompson 
said. "I am very proud of this team." 

Most tournaments encounter perfect golfing weather, but Ann Rhoads was not the case. The 
team battled rain, damp conditions and at times, winds up to 30 mph on day two of the tourna- 
ment — all while coming from behind to win. 

Thompson said it says a lot about a team's character to come from behind on a day of bad 

Although the Ann Rhoads tourney was the team's only victory for the season, the Bulldogs 
posted other notable performances, as well. 

The team placed third out of a field of 17 teams at the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational hosted 
by Kennesaw State on April 1. 

The Bulldogs also got a sneak peak at future conference opponents. Three teams from the South- 
ern Conference were represented, including nationally ranked Chattanooga. 

Considering the Bulldogs were the fourth ranked team in the field, finishing third was a huge ac- 
complishment, Thompson said. 

The following week, the Bulldogs competed against some of the nation's elite teams while tying 
Kentucky for fifth place at the Alabama Crimson Tide Classic. 

Many strong individual performances anchored the team throughout the season. 

Sara Hunt and Kaitlin Stanier paced the team by finishing in the top 10 in conference scoring av- 
erage. Hunt led the team in two tournaments, including a third place tie and All-Tournament ranking 
at the OVC Championship. 

Maria Troche also stood out, leading the team in three tournaments and was named OVC Player- 
of-the-Week in women's golf for her performance in the Crimson Tide Classic. 

Both Troche and Heather Arnold made the OVC's top 25 in scoring average. Arnold also placed 
second on the team in five different tournaments. She posted the team's best score in the Samford 

"We're a lot more competitive this season," Thompson said. "We've got more players that push 
each other to be better." 

With the team's first victory behind them and plenty of strong performances to show for after 
the 2008 season, players say the best is yet to come for the women's golf team. 

"We will gain a lot of momentum from this first win," Stanier said. "You can't put it into words 
how much that helps." 



Men's Tennis: Serving a Game of Their Own 

By Britney Almaguer 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The men's tennis team ended their OVC participation on the highest possible note. The team captured the OVC Champi- 
onship title for the first time in five years, finally joining the women in sweeping the conference. The Bulldogs ended the season 
with an overall score of 17-8, 11-1 in OVC tournament play. 

Unlike the women's side, who had only two seniors this year, the men had a lot of experience in tournament play with 
seven upperclassmen out of an eleven-player team. They were aiming high from the beginning of the season. 

"Our goal this season was to get better every match, and finally win the OVC tournament," said senior Renan Silveira. 

And win they did. 

From the start of the OVC Championship tournament, the standard was set high. In the first match, the men took the 
doubles point early in the tournament. By the end of the match, however, the points were tied between the Samford men and 
their rival, Jacksonville State. All the pressure was laid on senior Hank Grant. For Grant, it must have seemed like a bad case of 
flashbacks to his sophomore year when he was faced with the same enormous amount of pressure. This time fighting an injury, 
cramping and nerves, Grant's efforts were successful as he won the single point for the men, giving the men an overall score of 

"The feeling was indescribable," said Grant. "We've wanted this for three years and finally got it this year. I didn't know I'd 
have to work that hard to get it, but we finally did it." 

Winning the conference tournament, the men were given the bid to play the Florida State Seminoles in the first round of 
the NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee, FL. 

"This year we talked a lot about the process and doing the right things; not much about the result of winning or losing. 
That really helped us to achieve our goal, which was to win the OVC and represent Samford at the NCAA's," said Silveira. 

Although the men fought hard at the NCAA tournament, they fell in the first round 4-0 to Florida State, who was seeded 
14 th in the nation. 

"If our team keeps working hard and doing 
the right things we can be successful in the new 
conference," Silveira said. 

The men are looking forward to competing 
next year as Samford makes the transition to the 
strong competition in the Southern Conference. 
Matching the women in winning the tournament 
was one goal for this team; now it's their turn to 
make their own mark in the new conference next 



Women's Tennis: Leaving Their Mark in the OVC 

By Britney Almaguer 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

For the third time in just five years, the Samford women's 
tennis team advanced to the NCAA Championships after 
winning each of their matches against their Ohio Valley 
Conference opponents. Along with the men's tennis team, 
the women made the trip to Tallahassee, FL to play in the 
tournament that was scheduled for May 9-11. While they fell 
to Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 
the team was not completely disappointed in their overall 
performance this past season, especially in light of the fact 
they had been an unranked team and had not played a Divi- 
sion I team all year. 

Throughout the season, the team defied a lot of potential 
barriers, one of them being in the youth and lack of experi- 
ence of the players. The team consisted of just two seniors 
while six freshmen entered to make their mark. As one of the 
seniors, Katie Weaver could say with confidence that their 
ages did not matter in the end. 

"Having two seniors and six freshmen would seem like a 
setback to some," said Weaver. "However, our freshmen con- 
tinually played well in important matches and came through 
in doubles and singles. I know that these girls are really the 
reason that we made it to the NCAA tournament." 

The six freshmen included Karen Niszl, Taylor Morgan, 
Rebecca Kirven, Andrie Meiring. Lindsey Mallory and Lindsay 

Senior Anna Jackson was in agreement with her teammate 
in regards to their young team. 

"The freshmen made it really easy" Jackson said. "Katie 
and I only had to lead by example and they caught on quickly. 
Their determination throughout the season is what led us to 
a championship win." 

The women played well all year ending their regular 
season with a 17-5 overall record and an undefeated record of 
10-0 in OVC play. Due to their high standing in the confer- 
ence rankings, the team received a bye to the semifinals of the 
OVC Tournament and was able to move straight to the finals 
after their 4-0 win over UT-Martin. 

After entering into the final stage as the number one seed, 
they took home the gold and the OVC Championship title 
after watching the men's team do just the same. The women 
defeated opponent Eastern Kentucky University 4-0. The 
freshmen led the women in taking the doubles point, with 
Morgan and Mallory winning 8-4 at the number two court, 
while Meiring and Kirven won 8-5 at the number three court. 
Their overall win gave the team an automatic bid to move on 
to the NCAA Tournament. 

Although the women did not advance past the first round 
of the NCAA Tournament with Florida State claiming a 4-0 
victory, the Bulldogs came out very positive about their sea- 
son's performance. 

"It was a really great experience making it to the NCAA 
tournament as a freshman. Not many get the chance to do 
that, so it was a really awesome feeling playing in it. We had 
worked all season for it, and once we had made it, it was 
proof that all of our hard work had paid off," Morgan said. 

According to Jackson, the women accomplished many of 
the goals they had set out to acquire. 

"The women's team goals were to be season champs, 
which we were, conference champs, which we were, and to 
be ranked, which we weren't. So we met two of three goals, 
which is a pretty huge feat," Jackson said. 

The move to the Southern Conference next year will be a 
smooth change for the women. 

"I think that we will only be stronger next year," said 
Morgan. "Doing as well as we did with six freshmen and two 
seniors was really spectacular. As we grow we will just get 
better and better. I think we will be a strong contender in the 
Southern Conference." 

Overall, the team gave a stellar final-farewell performance 
in the Ohio Valley Conference and is more than ready as 
Samford makes the switch to a stronger, more challenging 



More than a same 

By Matt Robertson 

Photos. Courtesy of Intramural Teams and Austin Richardson 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Not every athlete on campus is blessed with 
the athletic ability or talent to land a sports 
scholarship or the opportunity to play for a 
collegiate athletics program. However, there are 
hundreds of former high school standouts who 
aren't yet ready to give up their athletic careers. 
That's why Samford has the intramural pro- 

Intramurals is one of the most participated- 
in activities at Samford. From independent to 
Greek, grad to undergrad, athlete or not, there 
is participation all across the board. Intramurals 
provides all different types of students the op- 
portunity to compete, be active and play for a 
championship and the "coveted" T-shirt. Wheth- 
er you were an all-conference athlete in high 
school, or you can't tell the difference between a 
home run and a touchdown, intramurals is a fun 
and competitive atmosphere for everyone. 

The Samford intramurals program is run by 
Campus Recreation. The Campus Recreation 
mission is to "provide recreational programs and 
outdoor adventure activities that will enhance 
social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical 
and vocational needs of students, faculty and 
staff and their spouses in an environment of 
Christian values. Cam- 
pus Recreation strives to 
promote learning, fun, 
friendship, leadership 
development and sports- 
manship in a Christian 
environment by offering 
quality competition and 
non-competitive pro- 
grams and activities." 

The director of Campus Recreation is Nick 
Madsen. This was the first year for intramu- 
rals Coordinator Peter Becker, Office Assistant 
Catherine Belew and interns Chris Pompa and 
Neil Ostlund to serve in intramurals. This staff 
works together, along with the help of student- 
workers, to make sure everything runs smoothly 
with games, scheduling and equipment. Student 

referees and supervisors are also hired for every sport to facilitate competi- 

Becker, who was in charge of all intramural scheduling and details, did 
not make any changes to the program this year in order to see how every- 
thing is run at Samford. 

Samford intramurals offered eleven different sports throughout the fall 
and spring this year. In the fall, students could play flag football, tennis, 
bowling, dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee. volleyball, kickball and a 3v3 bas- 
ketball tournament. In the spring, basketball, bowling. 3-point shootout, 
ultimate frisbee, soccer, softball, dodge ball, tennis, 4v4 flag football and 
4v4 volleyball tournaments were offered. 

Sophomore Kylie Swyden, who works for Campus Recreation, said 
intramurals are most fun when more people get involved. 

"The more involvement from the students, the more teams there are 
and the more competitive it gets. This year was great because having so 
many teams allowed for the competition to be more evenly matched." 
Swyden said. 

This year was a successful year for the intramurals program, and 
specifically for flag football. At least 70 teams participated in the program, 
providing for a very competitive atmosphere. The winner of the A-league, 
men and women, have the opportunity to go to the regional tournament 
each year. This year, Sigma Chi won the championship and went to the 
ACIS Regional Flag Football Tournament at Western Kentucky University. 
November 16-18. They placed third out of 32 teams in the tournament and 
were two points shy of winning, which would have given them a birth to 

Along with the 
quality competition, 
another aspect that 
makes intramurals at 
Samford so successful is 
the opportunity for all 
students — undergraduate 
or graduate — to partici- 
pate. This year, there was 
a big turnout of students 
from McWhorter School of Pharmacy and Beeson Divinity School, as well 
as some students from Cumberland School of Law. 

"The greatest thing about intramurals at Samford is the camaraderie. 
Students care about being a part of this. It's been a great way to unify the 
campus." Madsen said. 

Swyden added that intramurals is a great way for freshmen to get 
involved on campus and meet people. She said the freshmen participation 
in flag football was up this year. 

Intramurals changed 
my life at Samford... 
It's a beautiful thing 



Sophomore Justin Warden has taken advantage of intra- 
murals as a way to get plugged in on campus since he arrived 
last year. He serves as the University Ministries intramurals 
coordinator and said he participated in as many sports as he 
could this year. 

"Intramurals changed my life at Samford. It put me in a 
position to meet a lot of 
people, hang out with 
friends and have a great 
time. It's a beautiful 
thing," Warden said. 

As coordinator for 
the University Min- 
istries teams, Warden 
worked on recruiting 
students to be a part of 
the organization's teams. 
He compiled the initial 
e-mail list at the Student 
Organizations Fair and 
spent time developing 
teams throughout the 
year. Warden was persistent in getting student involvement 
and contributed to consistency in the Samford intramurals 

One event that epitomizes the competitive intramurals 
action was the high-energy flag football game between the 
"Solja Boys" and "Stoagies." These two teams make up one 
group of friends, drawing intense but fun competition, and 
the fight for bragging rights. Fans and other friends who at- 
tended the game were torn about which team to cheer for. 

The greatest thing about 

intramurals at Samford is 

the camaraderie. Students 

care about being a part of 

this. It's been a great way 

to unify the campus. 

"The game was 
really tense the whole 
time. We are best 
friends off the field, 
but out there, friend- 
ships meant nothing, 
we were just competi- 
tors competing in a 
game," Solja Boys 
sophomore quarter- 
back Kyle Stanton 

Despite the on- 
field heated competi- 
tion between the two 

teams, the event drew 
the guys even closer together as friends with another fun 
experience under their belts. 

"It was really exciting playing out there. You could 


definitely feel the tension between the teams. 
We are such great friends off the field, but we 
definitely wanted to show each other up, though 
nobody would admit it. We left the field just as 
good of friends as when we came, and we had a 
great time. That was really the most important 
thing," Stoagies junior wide receiver Joel Allen 

The competition was not restricted to just 
the men on Samford's campus. Some of the most 
heated intramural games of the year came in the 
form of all-female competition. Usually coached 
by guys, the girl's intramural games brought 
both sexes together for quality competition and 
fun memories. 

"I love getting all excited and ready to play 
football games. We had playbooks and secret 
signs. It was pretty hard core," sophomore 
Amanda Rice said. 

Intramurals brings everyone together in ways 
no other organization on campus can. Madsen 
said the intramurals program at Samford is 
above and beyond the programs at other schools 
our size. With the high participation rate each 
year, the variety of people in intramurals is con- 
stantly changing and growing, which refines and 
builds up Samford intramurals. 


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Family Band 

By Haley Aaron 

Photos: Becky Ellenberger & Austin Richardson 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Another year began bright and hot for the 
Samford Band as they filed into band camp over 
the summer to start yet another spectacular 
season of marching. 

Some are veterans at the marching scene 
while others just started their careers. At least 
seven states and one foreign country were rep- 
resented this year. They came together for two 
weeks of practice, united to achieve a common 
goal. Several unique traditions, a sense of com- 
munity and their love for the Samford marching 
band connected them. 

"Man, I love this band!" they cheered at the 
end of each game. 

"If you've never heard us do that cheer, 
you're missing out," said sophomore band Presi- 
dent Jannell McConnell. 

This year, like each one before, new band 
members paired off with upperclassmen to form 
a "band family." Two upperclassmen served as 
"parents" for groups of two or three younger 

"They kind of take them under their wing, 
and it's an opportunity for the older students to 
help the younger students find their way around 
campus and serve as mentors. It's also a way for 
us to get things accomplished," said Samford 
Director of Bands Dr. Jim Smisek. 

Students had the opportunity to participate 
in social events during band camp such as a 
movie night and a scavenger hunt. 

Some of the band's traditions reflected Sam- 
ford's Christian atmosphere. 

"We pray a lot and we sing and those are 
great traditions to have," Smisek said. In addi- 
tion to playing pieces more traditionally associ- 
ated with marching band, such as the school's 
fight song and alma mater, the band sang and 
played "It Is Well" after each performance. As 
the band neared Buchanan Hall after each game 
they also sang the Doxology. 

This year's half time show featured the music 
of American composer George Gershwin. "It's 
a really energetic show," said Perry Riddle, the 
band's graduate assistant. "It opened up with 
Piano Concerto in F and has a nice trumpet solo. 
We went into Summertime, which is one of his 

more famous pieces, and Cuban Overture, a nice Latin piece, and then we 
closed with the famous Rhapsody in Blue." 

Smisek plans to continue the rich traditions that have been developed 
while also bringing change to the band's existing program. The band 
worked this year to develop a more modern look and marching style 
including new uniforms and new instruments. The uniform and style 
changes met a positive response by both band members and the Samford 

Another change Samford's band experienced was its growth to 64 
members, beating last year's 51. The color guard also grew with seven new 
participants. "It's great because it adds to the visual presentation of the 
program," Smisek said, referring to the color guard. "Although Samford's 
band may seem small compared to other college bands, it is currently 
above the national average which is one percent of a school's student 
body," Smisek said. 

The size of the band is relative to the size of the student body. "If you 
go to a school that has 30 to 40 thousand students and they have a 300 
member band, you think 'Wow, that band's huge!' but you're not taking 
into account they have 40 or 30 thousand students," Smisek said. "It's a lot 
easier to recruit for that band when you have that many people." 

The band's size helped foster a feeling of community among the mem- 
bers. "Samford's band is unique because our relatively small size allows us 
to all know each other better than we would in the kind of huge bands you 
find at state schools," McConnell said. "In a band this size, we are more of 
a family." 



Dance Ensemble steps up to the plate 

By Callan Donoho 

Photo: Stephen Williams 

Illustration and Spread: Austin Richardson 

Did you know that dancing use to be forbidden at Samford £ Sometime in the 1980s after a large Step Sing protest, the ban 
on the evil practice of gyrating one's body to the devil's music was lifted. Thankfully for us, this meant that organizations such 
as Samford's Dance Ensemble could make their way onto the scene. For the ensemble, 2006-2007 was a big year for all to see 
their hard work and talent. 

As usual, the girls of the Dance Ensemble came back to Samford a week early and worked hard all semester. First, they 
learned football sideline cheers, and then it was on to the long practices for their annual show, this year's entitled Step Up. 
They participated in other events throughout the year as well. They showed off their talents in the Homecoming festivities, 
participated in halftime rallies and opened for Step Sing. 

Step Up showcased a wide variety of dance styles including modern, hip-hop with Beyonce's Get Ale Bodied and an interpre- 
tive dance from a scene in Brave Heart to put together a well thought out and very entertaining show. 

"It is so good because we are such a diverse group of dancers," Co-captain Morgan Glasscock said. To go along with the 
name of their show, they ended their performance with a song from the movie Step Up. 

The two co-captains of the student lead ensemble this year were Abbey Bailey and Morgan Glasscock. This was Bailey's 
fourth year on the Dance Ensemble and Glasscock's third. Each of the two girls had their own solos showing off their particular 
dance styles in Step Up. A personal dance style is something important that they look for during their tryouts each May. Also, 
the more dance styles the girls know, the better. After tryouts last May they came out with twelve girls, a number which var- 
ies each year and does not depend on class level. 

"It's neat having a variety of ages within the group, from freshmen to seniors," said Bailey. The group prides themselves on 
maintaining a good atmosphere among one another and seniority is not an issue. 

The girls that make up the dance team have to be hard working, committed and have a love for dancing. "They are deter- 
mined, and they have a passion for it," Glasscock said. "It's just a fun way to get plugged into Samford," Bailey said. These girls 
really enjoyed what they do and really loved dancing. Many girls joined the Dance Ensemble to have an outlet for dance while 
they are in college. 

Dance Ensemble was completely student led this year as they have been in the past. They choreographed all of their dances 
from the halftime routines to the big performance in December. While this gave a lot more creative input to the team, it also 
took up a lot of time. Furthermore, the team had to fund itself. After their shows, they tried to have fundraisers so that they 
could have more events. "What we do is what happens," Bailey said. 

One of the overall goals of Dance Ensemble was to enhance the atmosphere at Samford by supporting athletics and the arts 
in general. They brought something different to Samford and increased spirit among the students and faculty. 




By Shannon Dille 
Photos: Courtesy of SGA 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Ever wondered who really gets things done around 
campus 1 ?- The Student Government Association just might 
be the culprit. Samford University's SGA has been working 
hard this year to make our campus a better place. Its members 
have maintained their status as an approachable, hardwork- 
ing group of individuals that is dedicated to the service of the 
student body. From the board of executives to the student 
activities council, each group is heavily involved in making 
Samford the place that its students know and love. 

Independents and Greek life members alike are welcome 
to participate in the tradition that is Samford's Student 
Government Association. SGA's Chief Justice and Senior Chi 
Omega member, Betsy Martin, knows the value of getting 
involved in student life. "I've enjoyed getting to know a lot of 
people from different parts of campus including independents 
and Greeks. I think that being a member of SGA helped me to 
make an effort to meet other people and to not only give my 
time to Chi Omega," said Martin. 

Martin also said that she has enjoyed working with the 
student executive board in particular. "Every week, seven of 

us meet with the student ministries council and traffic appeal 
and accomplish a lot during our meetings." 

One of the areas in which many of Samford's students can 
relate to is the parking issues that seem to persist on campus. 
According to SGA members, traffic appeals were a primary 
goal for SGA during the fall semester. Another issue that arose 
this year was concerning vandalism. With last year's con- 
struction of a new parking deck, it seems that this secluded 
spot has been a prime place for car break-ins. This threat to 
student's security prompted SGA members to take action. 
According to Senior Sports Medicine Major and Vice President 
of the SGA Senate, Sam McBride. the organization has been 
working closely with Chief Bobby Breed of Campus security. 
Their goal is to work together in order to obtain a security 
camera system for the parking decks on campus to minimize 
these break-ins and create a safer university. 

Of course, the SGA is probably best known for the 
activities that they organize to get students involved. Vice 
President for Development, Madeline Mula, was in charge 
of organizing the Angel Tree this year. The Angel Tree is an 


event sponsored by the Salvation Army and Fox News that 
gives everyone the chance to "Be an Angel for an Angel" 
during the Christmas season. Those who adopt an angel will 
have the opportunity to make sure that a child will have the 
Christmas that he or she would not otherwise have. Mula is 
also in charge of public relations for SGA. "I get to come up 
with creative ways to get the word out about our events like 
using sidewalk chalk or mailbox notes," said Mula. 

SGA class representatives were also hard at work to pro- 
mote campus unity through holding such events. Sophomore 
Class President, Stephen Moss, organized a barbeque in the 
fall for his class, and free prizes were given away for those 
who attended. Stephen also began the "Sophomore of the 
Month Program" in an attempt to give people the credit that 
they deserved when they made a contribution to the Samford 

"I was thinking that a lot of athletes don't get the recogni- 
tion that they deserve and decided to do something about it. 

Then I realized that in reality, a lot of students don't get the 
recognition that they deserve," said Moss. This program was 
organized to promote the recognition of those who contribute 
to any group on campus whether they are actors or athletes. 
Anyone who used their talents for the benefit of the com- 
munity was entitled to such an honor. According to McBride, 
activities such as these "help the student body to have an 
identity and promote unity on campus." 

Those who wish to get involved in the SGA organization 
don't have to be elected to do so. According to article III of 
the SGA constitution, "all registered students at Samford Uni- 
versity are, upon enrollment, members of this organization... 
members shall have the right to participate in all activities 
sponsored by the Student Government Association and 
members shall have the right to vote in all elections sponsored 
by the Student Government Association." Through the SGA, 
everyone has the potential to help make the Samford Univer- 
sity experience a fun, safe and fulfilling one. 


Student Recruitment Team 

By Hayden Hamnck 
Photos, Becky Ellenberger 
Spread Austin Richardson 

Often overlooked, The Student Recruitment Team is vital to Samford. 
They meet, greet and escort potential students and their parents as they 
decide whether or not Samford is the place for them. 

"The members of SRT are the first impression that prospective students 
have of Samford; so for them, we are literally the face of Samford," said 
SRT Vice-President and senior Erin Basinger. 

The SRT was hard at work again this year as they planned and super- 
vised campus tours, preview days and Scholar's Day. The team led and par- 
ticipated in the four Preview Days that occurred during the fall semester. 
Preview Days are designated days in which high school juniors and seniors 
are invited on-campus to catch a glimpse of the Samford experience. 

"When students leave Preview Days and campus visits, we want to 
help them know that this is where they want to be," said Basinger. "The 
impression that we leave on those students could make or break their deci- 
sion to come to Samford University." 

The days began with a welcome from Samford President Dr. Andrew 
Westmoreland and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Dr. Phil Kimrey. 
Also, Matt Kerlin, University Minister, discussed Samford's Christian envi- 
ronment. Visitors were then led into separate information sessions geared 
toward potential students and their parents. The student sessions covered 
topics such as academics, dorm life, organizations, community service, 
financial aid and Student Ministries. For the parents, the topics included 
admission information, scholarships, weekend activities, safety, campus 
values, the Christian environment and more. SRT also led the visitors 
around the campus on tours on Preview Days. 

"Our job on SRT is basically to be an extensive tour guide and advocate 
for Samford," said Meg Lozner, a junior SRT member. 

The main responsibility of SRT this winter was Scholars Day held in 
February. During Scholars Day, the top 100 high school students apply- 
ing to Samford visited the campus for interviews to compete for Beeson 
or Presidential Scholarships. On this day, it was the Student Recruitment 
Team's job to lead the students around campus and assist in making the 
prospective scholars feel welcome. 

Although only Scholars Day and Fall Preview Days are the main re- 
sponsibilities of SRT each year, the planning that it takes to pull these days 
off is tremendous. It often takes months to coordinate everything needed 
to make these days go smoothly. Yet the members do not mind. 

"I love Samford, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to real- 
ize how incredible the Samford community is," said junior SRT member 
Madeline Mula. 

"The Student Recruitment Team exists to be a student representation 
of Samford University to prospective students," said Lauren Lunceford. a 
junior SRT member. "We have a passion for our university and we desire 
to help prospective students get a feel for Samford and assist them in their 
college search." 



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SamforcTs Student Ministries 

by Jordan Jarvis 
Photos: Becky Ellenberger 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Each year, many Samford students answer the call to serve 
those around them in the community. In response, Samford's 
Student Ministries try to offer all students the chance to 
serve God and the community at the same time through their 
many activities and groups. 

Samford not only provides opportunities for students 
to meet with ministries that hold similar theological views, 
but also provides several outlets for students' passions for 
growing in God, making an impact in the community or even 
standing for social justice and change. Samford students were 
involved in many different ministries and organizations on 
and off campus, including University Christian Fellowship, 
Young Life, University Ministries, Campus Outreach and 
Reformed University Fellowship. 

University Ministries, known as "UM" among Sam- 
ford students, offered the Samford community chances for 
spiritual growth on a personal level and opportunities to be 
involved in the Birmingham area as well as various communi- 
ties throughout America and even the world. Operating from 
their motto "Love God; love people; change the world," UM 
was the primary ministry organization on Samford's campus. 

University Ministries provided all kinds of activities 
and programs to not only educate students but to get them 
involved with social justice and the community. Some activi- 
ties that occurred this year included Justice Under the Lights, 
spring break mission trips to places such as Perry County, 
New York, Louisville, Kentucky and various Habitat for Hu- 
manity projects. Ministries also hosted a common meal and 
Shiloh, a service to combine worship, scripture reading, art 
and communion. 

Other activities for students included weekly visits to a 
juvenile detention center and Ville Crew, where students have 
the opportunity to play with children in Loveman's Village 
every Saturday morning. Sophomore pre-med major Anna 
Smith, who heads-up the Wednesday night trips to the juve- 
nile detention center, said, "I really like the way UM networks 
so many different things; it serves to cultivate intimacy with 
God, a heart for the world, for justice issues and for the com- 
munity of Birmingham. They help people find and live-out 
their passions. It's just like Matt always says, 'Your greatest 
passion meeting the world's greatest need.'" 

Also included in UM's long list of programs this year were 
some fine arts programs. Student Ministries Choir, In His 
Hands, a ministry in which students use sign language to 
interpret worship music, and Word Players, which reaches au- 
diences through drama all were a major part of UM this year. 

Another ministry that found a place at Samford Univer- 
sity was Reformed University Fellowship, or RUF, which 
was led by Jason Sterling and intern Blake Hodges. Those 
with reformed theology found a home on Monday nights in 
Samford's Flag Colonnade where the group had their weekly 
meetings. RUF had much student involvement through 
prayer, worship leading, set-up and publicity. Meetings in- 
cluded some worship, scripture reading and a sermon by Ster- 
ling, with fellowship afterwards downstairs in O'Henry's. 

Sophomore math education major Amanda McPhail said, 
"The small community has been a positive aspect. You can 
be real with people and get to know them very well. Jason is 
a very open approachable, honest person and his bible study 
and sermons are conducive to spiritual growth." Other RUF 


activities this semester included a Wednesday night freshmen bible study 
at the Sterling home, two upper classmen studies at off-campus student 
homes, a fall and winter retreat and an annual summer conference in 
which other RUF groups attend from various Southeastern colleges. 

Campus Outreach was another ministry that made its presence known 
at Samford. . Campus Outreach met on Monday nights and provided 
students with bible studies and a New Year's conference in Nashville, Ten- 
nessee. It was also best known for its annual summer Beach Project. The 
Beach Project allowed students to have a taste of the real, working world 
and were taught how to manage their time and money and how to remain 
firm in God in the midst of being in the real world. 

Junior interior design major Laura Morello said, "Beach Project was 
really cool because it let me experience an emotional high place with Jesus 
in the day to day. I worked at Starbucks almost full-time and learned to 
have a steady job and incorporate Jesus in it. I had never actively evange- 
lized before and a lot of the people at Starbucks needed a good Christian 
example." Ultimately Campus Outreach instructed students on "how to 
make an impact on a community and evangelize while keeping Jesus first 
in the midst of busyness," said Morello. 

Samford students consider it a blessing to be a part of a school that pro- 
vides multiple outlets for worship, service, prayer and ultimately knowing 
God more. Whether a student's heart was for local missions or worshiping 
through sign language, Samford provided an incredible number of outlets 
and opportunities. 


Samford Ministries Choir 

By Destiny Sona 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Singing for the Lord and for others was not the only goal of Samford Ministries Choir this year. 
They were by no means merely a singing group. The choir certainly made beautiful music, but its 
focus was deeper than perfecting harmonies. 

One of the verses that the choir adopted as its creed is Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider one 
another to provoke unto love and good works." As SMC local missions officer Rebekah Wood said, 
"Samford Ministries Choir is a group of people who love to sing but are more concerned with show- 
ing Christ to others any way that we can, whether it's through singing or other ministries." 

Other ministries that SMC took on this year included fixing up Samford's missionary-in-residence 
house, painting classrooms in Tarrant and service projects in Tennessee and Florida. 

Samford Ministries Choir is still a choir by definition though and certainly performed its share 
of concerts. This year, SMC made local appearances at First Baptist Church Sandusky, First Baptist 
Church Birmingham, Westmont Baptist Church's Samford Day and New Beginnings Family Baptist 

Perhaps the highlights of the year for SMC were the two service trips: mini and main tour. In the 
fall semester, SMC members enjoyed three days in Nashville, Tennessee while on their main tour and 
stayed at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. At the local Salvation Army, they helped organize 
clothes so the store could better serve its customers. They also performed two concerts during their 

During the first five days of spring break, SMC went on main tour in Tampa, Florida. Woodland 
Baptist Church provided lodging for them and offered them opportunities to serve the communities 
with several different service projects. These included painting at the Women's Club, general cleanup 
at the Community Center in a low income area, volunteering at a Walk for Life, performing manual 
labor at an Eagles Boys' Camp and even playing with the puppies at a training academy for seeing- 
eye dogs. Who says community service can't be funv 

Concerts on main tour were performed at Woodland Baptist Church and First Baptist Church 
of St. Petersburg, as well as Sunnyside Manor and Freedom Village, two assisted living homes. After 
the concert in Sunnyside Manor, members of SMC especially enjoyed ministering to the bedridden 
patients by giving private concerts in patients' rooms and even performing some songs while walking 
through the halls. "You could just tell how much it touched them that we would sing for them, but 
it also touched us. Their faces are engraved on my heart," said choir director Allison Nygaard. 

A second verse that is central to SMC is / Corinthians 12: 12-13, "For as the body is one, and hath 
many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body." In order to celebrate its function as part of the 
body of Christ, SMC encouraged bonding among its members. Throughout this year, choir socials 
were hosted to bring members closer together. One of these was held at SoHo Sweets. In the words 
of freshman Rebecca Glenn, these socials helped members to "have fun and build relationships as 
well." The relationships that were built during practice and choir socials helped members to realize 
their purpose as one body in Christ. 

Samford Ministries Choir obviously broke the mold of a normal choir. With Hebrews 10:24 and / 
Corinthians 12: 12-13 as its central creeds, it's apparent that SMC focused on more than hymns and 
harmonies. Nygaard said, "Not only do we come together to sing, but we come together to connect 
on a friendship level, a familial level and also on a spiritual level." 


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A Trip to Africa: 

One Samford Student's Story 

By Jessica Casto and Bob Miller 
Photos: Bob Miller 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

From dodging riotting crowds to jumping cargo planes, se- 
nior graphic design major Bob Miller saw and did it all while 
in eastern Africa. Miller traveled to Kenya and Sudan with 
cameras in hand during the Christmas break of 2007 to docu- 
ment the stories of people who have been effected by Sudan's 
civil war. The story he found was so important, he felt it had 
to be documented and shared with all. 

"I went to Kenya and Sudan with the intention of work- 
ing with several indigenous pastors responsible for minister- 
ing to communities that are repatriating to Southern Sudan. 
Hundreds of thousands of displaced Sudanese are currently 
in the middle of the long and arduous process of leaving 
the refugee camps that have housed some of them for over 
two decades to return to their home in the southern part of 

"What makes the job of these pastors difficult is the dire 
condition of the land (scorched earth tactics and other bru- 
talities from years of civil war have left entire communities 
decimated) and the low morale of the people. The Sudanese 
have been battling their own government since independence 
in the '50s, and they are now attempting to travel en masse 
back home in order to vote for secession from the north in the 
2011 referrendum. 

"My goal was to document the challenge these pastors 
are facing through this process. Most of the pastors and their 
families are Sudanese, but they are based in Nairobi, Kenya, 
due to the displacement. 

"When I arrived in Nairobi to meet with one of these 
pastors and travel to Sudan, election violence surrounding the 

rigging of the presidential votes erupted and put a halt to my 
efforts to receive proper documentation for the trip to Sudan. 
I was stranded. 

"For the next two weeks I diverted my efforts to cover- 
ing the story of the election riots on the ground, from Kibera 
slum to the city center streets. I also followed the conditions 
of the displaced. 

"Two weeks into my trip I flew north to Lokichoggio, 
a Kenyan town on the border with Sudan, where I visited 
Kakuma refugee camp and jumped a cargo plane into Jaach, 
Southern Sudan, where I stayed on the ground for a few 
hours while supplies were dropped for a community of repa- 
triating Sudanese there. Later that day, I came back on the 
same flight, because I didn't have proper documentation to be 

"I was in Kenya and Sudan for a total of about three and 
a half weeks, but I intend to go back within the year to carry 
out more of my original intentions with the story on the 
Sudanese pastors." 

Miller will have prints available for sale at Birmingham's 
ArtWalk in September of 2008 to benefit Persecution Project 
Foundation, the non-profit that is responsible for facilitating 
the work of several of the Sudanese pastors. Miller will also be 
showing a multimedia project based around interviews taken 
from the subjects of the pictures. 

To read the full story view a gallery of images from the 
trip or find out more on how you can get involved helping the 
subjects of the pictures, visit 



Reforming Faith 

By Haley Aaron 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

You've probably seen the signs across campus advertising RUE Maybe you've seen the one placed 
in Ben Brown Plaza on Mondays in the fall and remember that meetings begin at 8 p.m. Maybe you 
have stopped and wondered what RUF was. 

Samford's Reformed University Fellowship program is part of a string of campus ministries across 
the nation. RUF is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in America. The group encourages all stu- 
dents to participate no matter what their religious or denominational preferences. 

"Students from a wide variety of church and religious backgrounds are involved here at Samford," 
RUF campus minister Jason Sterling said. 

Through participating in RUF, Sterling hopes students are able to develop a stronger personal 
faith. "We believe that Christian life is not primarily about what we do, but rather who we are," he 
said. "RUF is focused on helping students learn to live all of life in light of God's Word and his work 
on their behalf." 

RUF strives to be a biblically focused group, and Sterling said that this biblical focus is especially 
important. "Our lives and relationships are better, more mature and more fulfilling when we are 
being transformed and seriously affected by a real encounter with God's Word, which is the only 
infallible rule of faith and practice," Sterling said. "It's primarily through the preaching of the Word 
that Christians are equipped to think and live biblically and unbelievers are challenged to put their 
faith in Christ." 

RUF fosters community building and developing meaningful spiritual relationships between 
students. "The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out alone," Sterling said. "God has 
designed us to need fellowship for regular Christian growth." 

Junior classics major Cole Farmer said that participating in RUF allowed him to meet many new 
people. "I started going to RUF as a freshman, and so a good portion of the people there were up- 
perclassmen," he said. "They were incredibly inviting people and very liberal with their friendship. I 
looked up to them, and I feel that I learned a lot from them." 

RUF holds weekly large group meetings on campus, and the group also hosts smaller group Bible 
studies for freshmen and upperclassmen. During large group meetings, students come to sing hymns 
and listen to a sermon. 

Students can participate in either program or become involved with both programs. Sophomore 
English major Anna Bedsole finds participating in both groups beneficial. "On Monday nights I get 
to worship Christ and hear the Word of God. It's a good start to the week," she said. "Wednesday 
provides the fellowship and discussion of the Bible that are also important in the Christian life." 

While both the large and small groups help students find a sense of Christian community at Sam- 
ford, Sterling said that the smaller groups are an important part of developing a sense of community. 

Small groups typically consist of between eight and 15 students. During the fall semester, three 
small groups met to discuss various topics. One freshman group was formed, while two Bible studies 
for upperclassmen were held. 

Through participating in the small groups, students are able to develop lasting relationships with 
other students who participate in the group. "The small group played a vital part in connecting me 
to a group of wonderful people." Bedsole said. "God has ministered to me most through giving me 
friends who cry with me when I hurt and rejoice with me when I'm glad." 

By interacting with others in groups such as RUF, Samford students have the opportunity to 
meet other students and grow spiritually. "At RUF you will be challenged and encouraged and 
pointed to Christ," Bedsole said. 



Gamma Si^ma Si^ma 

By Lindsey Vaughan 

Photos: Courtesy of Gamma Sigma Sigma 

Spread: Austin Richardson 

Gamma Sigma Sigma puts a spin on the traditional idea of a sorority. 
It is distinctive in that it is the only service sorority on campus. Its main 
focus is bringing its members together to serve the community. 

"Gamma Sig's goal is to foster a relationship between different girls and 
encourage them to serve in the ways they've been called in order to reach 
the community in a unique way," said junior biology and classics major 
and Vice President of Service Kara Graves. 

One of the unique ways in which Gamma Sig serves the community 
happens on Halloween. Every year on October 31, the group shows the 
community that Halloween can be about more than just costumes and 
candy. The girls go trick-or-treating for canned goods which are then 
donated to United Way. Trick-or-treating for cans was a fun tradition once 
again this year. 

Another service project that is important to Gamma Sigma Sigma is 
its Christmas party for children in the underprivileged area of Titusville. 
The sorority traveled to the Titusville Library in December to bring gifts, 
play games and spend time with the children that live in the area. Graves 
said that service opportunities like this end up impacting the members of 
Gamma Sig just as much as they impact the people they're serving. 

Gamma Sigma Sigma is always looking for new and unique ways to 
serve. Last year, the group began what will undoubtedly be a new tradi- 
tion. The members set aside one month to cook dinner for the Vestavia Fire 
Department one night a week for the entire month. 

"We feel so blessed to be able to serve local heroes here in our communi- 
ty," junior elementary education major and President Megan Delaney said. 

Also, Gamma Sig is becoming involved with more places in the com- 
munity every year. This year, the members painted wagons and made 
Christmas ornaments for the Birmingham Children's Hospital and also 
helped with childcare for a local church. 

In addition to community service, sisterhood is also something that is 
very important to the sorority. The members made it a point to bond with 
each other. They held a pledge bash, homecoming picnic, retreat, formal 
and many other social events throughout the year. 

"What I like about Gamma Sig is that it gives you the opportunity to 
meet a lot of people that you wouldn't meet on campus otherwise," senior 
history major Rebecca Kanter said. Junior journalism and mass communi- 
cation major Anna Kaye Gilbreath agrees. "I've met a lot of really fun and 
interesting girls that I can relate to," Gilbreath said. 

The many opportunities to serve the community are something that 
members of Gamma Sigma Sigma appreciate about their organization. 
"Gamma Sig has allowed me to expand my view of ways to serve," junior 
psychology major Megan Fitzpatrick said. The distinctive combination of 
sisterhood and service is something that draws many of its members to 
the group. "I decided to join because I was really looking for that bond of 
sisterhood and the opportunity to serve," said junior family studies major 

April Lambiotte. "Gamma Sig has given me both 
of these things." 

To its members, Gamma Sigma Sigma is 
much more than just an activity to be involved 
in during their years at Samford. "I'm now more 
inclined to realize all of the opportunities there 
are to serve," said Graves. "Because of Gamma 
Sig, I know I'll never stop serving." 



Habitat for Humanity: Building Lives 

By Destiny Soria 

Photos: Valerie Macon 

Spread Austin Richardson 

The Samford University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter is an organization with a long 
name, a big heart and a solid purpose. 

Also known as Samford Habitat, this chapter partners with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit 
Christian housing ministry, to build and renovate homes for families in need. Chapter President 
Valerie Macon describes the mission of Samford Habitat as a mission to "raise awareness among Sam- 
ford University students, faculty and other associates about the problems of substandard housing 
and poverty in the greater Birmingham area. We also seek to provide opportunities for action to help 
in the fight against substandard housing and homelessness, as directed by and in partnership with 
the larger Habitat organization." 

To accomplish this goal, the Samford Habitat crew, comprised of three officers, depends on the 
help of individual and group volunteers. Scattered posters across campus bulletin boards depict a 
colorful Lego house and the appealing slogan, "Come build your own house." This year, Samford 
Habitat has graciously received help from numerous individuals as well as campus organizations 
such as Sigma Chi, Reformed University Fellowship, Gamma Sigma Sigma, the Pharmacy School, the 
Business Fraternity and the junior class of 2009. 

On a typical Saturday, there is an average of 20 volunteers split into two shifts. Macon described 
the schedule as follows: "On a normal Saturday, we meet in Pitman circle at 7:15 a.m.. drive out to 
the worksite, which is generally in downtown Birmingham, sign-in at the site and find the site man- 
ager. The site manager then delegates jobs to our volunteers, which can range anywhere from pulling 
weeds or painting to putting up siding or roofing. Around 11:30 a.m., we drive back to Samford and 
pick up our next group of volunteers at 12:15 p.m. and do it all over again." 

While this doesn't sounds like a very typical way for a college student to spend his or her Satur- 
day, Communications Coordinator Melanie Fox doesn't see Samford Habitat as all work and no play. 
"A great thing about Habitat is that you can have fun with your friends and meet new people, all 
while knowing that you are working for a good cause." 

Even though building a house sounds like a task for professionals, volunteers need no prior expe- 
rience — only a will to serve. As Fox explains, "A typical day at Habitat for Humanity is being able to 
be flexible and willingly do whatever it is that they need you to do, whether it be putting up siding, 
painting walls or hammering nails. Habitat is obviously a very hands-on type of community service." 

This kind of "hands-on" community service definitely appeals to a wide range of people because 
of its immediately gratifying results. "At the end of the day you can stand back and see with your 
own eyes the results of the hard work you've done," said Fox. 

This year, Samford Habitat helped with the construction and renovation of several homes in the 
greater Birmingham area. It kept true to its fight against substandard housing and homelessness, 
which are "morally, religiously, politically socially and economically unacceptable," says Macon. Per- 
haps the best statement to show Samford Habitat's purpose was made by the founder of Habitat for 
Humanity International, Millard Fuller, who said, "The vision is not to build for a few lucky families. 
We are not 'Lottery for Humanity' We are building for everybody. The goal of Habitat for Humanity 
is that everyone should have at least a simple, decent place to live." With the dedication of its officers 
and volunteers, the Samford Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is achieving just that. 


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AFROTC: Learning to be a Leader 

By Rachel Bennett 
Photos: Courtesy of AFROTC 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

Military training, undergrad classes and community service are just a 
few of the things that make up the daily routine for cadets of AFROTC. 

Samford's AFROTC, or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, 
division attracts students from all over the Birmingham area who go to 
schools such as Montevallo, Milles College and the University of Alabama 
at Birmingham. They gather at Samford to take courses and learn valu- 
able leadership skills that will help them achieve their goals in the military. 
Cadets from all walks of life and all majors make their way through the 
program to graduate as second lieutenants. But schoolwork is not the only 
thing AFROTC does. 

Every year, the program hosts two huge bashes for its cadets, a casual 
'combat dining in' in the fall and a formal 'combat dining out' in May. For 
the members, the 'dining in' was a chance to catch up with old friends and 
meet the new recruits for the coming year. While 'dining in' served as a 
friendly sit-down dinner, 'dining out' was anything but. 

Bravo Flight Commander Jacob Meins, a junior, describes the event as 
"somewhere between a formal and a semiformal event for a fraternity or 
sorority." He said that the custom started sometime around World War II 

as a way to recognize new officers. This year, 
the combat dining out was held in the Harvard 
Center and eight second lieutenants were com- 
missioned or completed the program. 

Other events that happen regularly each 
year are conferences and simulations. This year, 
the corps held a mass casualty simulation in an 
attempt to train cadets on how to react in crisis 
situations. Meins participated as a victim and 
said, "I looked like I had been in a really bad car 
wreck." The goal was for AFROTC students to 
react in a timely and appropriate manner to help 
the victims of the simulation. 

Behind the scenes of AFROTC is the Arnold 
Air Society, a service fraternity for air force 
cadets. The society is responsible for almost 
all group service projects that AFROTC does 
throughout the year, which is a lot. This year. 


the members of Arnold Air Society participated in Habitat for Humanity, held fundraisers, participated with UAB for Into the 
Streets, worked at soup kitchens and the Salvation Army and went with a group led by computer science professor Dr. Craig 
Kawell to Perry County to help fix computers in public schools. For Physical Fitness Officer Jordan Anderson, the trip to Perry 
County was his "personal favorite" and Communications Officer Jordan Gossett said that it was "nice knowing that we were 
helping them out." 

AFROTC and Arnold Air Society were important in shaping the lives of their members. A lot of people do not know that 
once a cadet graduates from AFROTC, their training bases for the next few years are already assigned and most, if not all, 
of their school tuition is paid for. "If I didn't hear about AFROTC in high school, I don't know what I would be doing now," 
Meins said. "Probably freaking out." 

But skills and discipline were equally, if not more, important in impacting the cadet's lives than the perks of being in the 
military. Alpha Flight Commander Sarah Beth Simms said, "Being in the Air Force definitely affected me; it taught me how 
to be a leader." Because of her experiences in AFROTC. she has decided to become a nurse. Anderson said he joined AFROTC 
because, "I have had a dream of being a pilot since I was two-years-old. It's something I have always really wanted to do." 

AFROTC and its Arnold Air Society continue to be important to both Samford and the Birmingham community and will 
continue to do so for many years to come through service and discipline. 


Democrats Talk Politics 

By Rachel Bennett 

lllustraion and Spread: Austin Richardson 

"Continuing to Grow" seems to be the unof- 
ficial motto of Samford's College Democrats who 
this year had higher active attendance than the 
larger College Republicans. Maybe this is because 
political platforms were shifting, or maybe it's 
because more people were coming out of the 
Democratic closet. One thing is for certain, how- 
ever, the College Democrats organization was a 
great way to get together and discuss important 
issues while having fun. 

Samford's Democrats met once a month at 
different local restaurants where members could 
relax and talk about political topics. These topics 
ranged anywhere from healthcare to immigra- 
tion and were usually predetermined. The group 
decided not to endorse any candidate for presi- 
dent until the Democratic National Convention 
did so in June so that there would be no tension 
between members. Because of this, Samford's 
Democrats did not actively help out as a group 
with any campaigning in Birmingham and stayed 

To President Emily Holladay. the most im- 
portant thing about the group was that people 
could come together and make connections with 
each other while discussing serious issues. "I like 
getting together with the group and feeling like 
I can say anything without being scorned," said 

Despite a story published in The Samford Crimson and some common rumors, the Samford College Democrats have been 
around for a very long time. Holladay says her father remembers there being a College Democrat organization on campus 
before he entered Samford as a freshman in the 1970s. 

This year, the group had about 40 members and almost all actively participated. Holladay is optimistic about the future 
of the group. "It was also very nice to have a group this year that wants to grow and become more of a presence on campus. 
We haven't really had that in the past," said Holladay. The College Democrats plan to become more involved in the Alabama 
chapter of College Democrats in the coming year. 


Samford Republicans Give Back 

By Rachel Bennett 

lllustraion and Spread: Austin Richardson 

The College Republicans have a long history here at Samford, and they continued it this year in the wake of an upcoming 
presidential election. 

Claiming over 100 members this year, the College Republicans found themselves more active than in the recent past. The 
group held two meetings a month, with an average of 20 to 30 people attending each meeting. Sometimes they had prominent 
Republican Party members speak at their gatherings. Other times, it was to discuss volunteer work and normal group activities. 

"This year is kind of us giving back," said President Lauren Howard, and the theme pervaded the group throughout the year. 
In January they held a voter drive on campus to get more people registered and prepared to vote in the presidential primaries. 
Also, they plan to host an informational display of sorts in October once everyone is back in school to educate students on 
what each presidential candidate's platform is, whether Republican or Democrat. 

In addition, the Samford Republicans did regular volunteer work and helped raise funds for the Alabama Republican Party. 
These funds went towards people running for local and state office. During the summer, members of the College Republicans 
were invited to the Red State Dinner, a big event where state Republicans all get together for an elegant meal and listen to a 
guest speaker. This year's speaker of choice was John McCain, former senator from Arizona. 

Howard said that her favorite part of being involved with the Samford Republicans this year was the excitement of the 
members participating. "It's nice to see all the people getting involved in politics," said Howard. 


Fun, Friends, Travel and Debate 

By Callan Donoho 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

There is no debate. The mock trial and debate teams were a great way for students to show off their speech skills against 
competing schools this year. Members had fun developing and perfecting their speeches and debates while they made friends 
and went to scrimmages, invitationals and tournaments around the south. 

Though the two teams are separate, they share a lot in common. Many people are members of both teams and both provide 
excellent opportunities for members to improve their communication skills by debating issues with others. 

Samford has had a mock trial team for about 10 years. Senior Lauren Wilson, co-captain of the mock trial team. said. "I 
would say that mock trial is the best way that an undergraduate can learn how the trial process works." The team consists of 
students who represent the different members present at a trial. Members serve in roles such as attorneys or witnesses for both 
the prosecution and the defense. The students play "roles" during their competitions, and the goal is to win the trial. There are 
lawyers and judges present judging the competitions. 

Wilson said that those who play the role of attorney are members who usually have participated before. Witnesses, on the 
other hand, "are people who are just really good at acting." Theater majors are often witnesses. Mock trial also helps students 
become more familiar with how the court system works. Many political science majors and people interested in going to law 
school are part of the team. There is actually a class that pre-law students take where they participate in the trials. 

The mock trial team usually starts having invitationals. which are practice for regionals in the fall. This year, they went to 
an invitational at Middle Tennessee State University. They also participated in scrimmages against local and regional schools. 
In late February, regionals were sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford. This year, Keren McElvy 
won an "All Region Witness" award. The team's ultimate goal is to go to nationals. However, competition on a national level is 
very competitive and getting to nationals is extremely hard to do. 

Along with the mock trial team, the debate team takes the art of speech and communication down a somewhat different 
path. Members debate one on one instead of in a trial setting to try to prove their point of view. Many political science majors 
along with pre-law majors get involved with the debate team. 

Political science major Jayme Cloninger said, "I debate for the learning experience, because I know that I can apply every- 
thing as a means to a goal like law school or maybe being a politician one day" Debate team members learn how to accurately 
prove their point and debate in a successful and eloquent way. There is a nationally selected subject every year and each team 
debates on the chosen topic all year. This year's theme was Middle East policy. 

The debate team attended 15 tournaments this year. Their season started at Georgia State and was followed by tourna- 
ments at Vanderbilt University, John Carroll University and the University of Florida. The team proudly won 1 st and 2 nd 
speaker at the Florida tournament. Many different schools including Harvard University attended these events. 

Anyone can join the debate team, but the participant's level of experience depends on what level he or she will debate. Sam- 
ford's debate team ranges levels from novice to varsity and the team is more than willing to work with budding debaters. 

The debate team has two main goals. First is to qualify for a national debate tournament, which debate team director Ryan 
Galloway said is the equivalent of "qualifying for a bowl game." Second, they want to have a good national ranking. This year, 
they were ranked 24 th in the country, which means out of all the schools in America the Samford debate team is ranked in the 
top 30 schools in the nation. 


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Big Changes for The Samford Crimson 

By Rachel Bennett 
Photos and Spread: Austin Richardson 

"New faces but not so new places" was the unofficial 
motto of The Samford Crimson during 2007-2008. An almost 
completely new editorial staff and new technologies com- 
bined to create an atmosphere of change and serious thought 
for the paper's growth in the coming years. 

This year of change and new ideas for the Crimson arose 
due to one main unusual fact; the fact that most of the previ- 
ous year's staff mysteriously disappeared into the unknown 
void that lies beyond Samford's gates. They graduated. This 
strange occurrence offered opportunities for many new 
editorial staff members to get their hands on the Crimson to 
gain practical publishing experience as well as bounce new 
concepts off the blank paper before them. 

"I've learned life lessons I'll carry with me forever," junior 
Editor-in-Chief Bennett Sumner said. A lot of "trial and er- 
ror" went on this year but to Sumner, that's "the great thing 
about student publications." For her, "the newspaper has been 
a great intro into the real world." The staff took full advan- 
tage of the Crimson to make it the best that it could be while 
learning in the process. 

Possibly the biggest new feature in the works this year 
were completely new layout designs. Five editors from the 
Crimson took a trip to Washington, D.C. in December to see 
what the professionals were up to. They looked at samples 
from college newspapers around the country checked out 
new publishing technologies and listened to what profes- 
sionals who work in such publications as The Washington Post 
Herald had to say. Not only did the editors come back with 
new points of view for the sometimes dated Crimson, but they 
came back closer as well. Sumner said the session was "really 
good bonding time." 

Another milestone for the Crimson was more online 
capabilities. This year the Crimson was published in two 
ways, both online and in print. But that is not all. People who 
visited the Crimson's website might also have noticed that 
tucked away within the site were additional stories that did 
not make it to print. 

Furthermore, the sports section attempted to host an 
opinion sports blog on the site as well, but it faced some con- 
troversy from the administration. The decision to let Chris- 
topher Smith, a senior journalism major, link his sports blog 
to the Crimson's site was still up in the air by mid-spring. This 
of course was disappointing to a lot of people which included 
Smith and Sports Editor Ben Hankins who was looking 
forward to the blog because the print version of the Crimson 
simply did not have enough room for much sports opinion. 

For the Expressions section this year was also a time to 
try out new things and new ways of reporting. Expressions 
Co-editor Emily Leithauser, one of the few returning staff 
members from the previous year, said that this year "we've 
tried to do more personality profiles of people on-campus." 
For her it was important for students to know those around 
them. A completely new feature was sending reporters to 
different areas of Birmingham and just having them hang out 
the whole day. Then the writers would describe what they 
did in each area so that Samford students could get a better 
idea of the community around them. 

The Samford Crimson covered some important and mov- 
ing stories this year. One of the major stories that graced 
the Crimson's pages this year included a moving story about 
a University of Alabama student named John Millhouse. 
Millhouse. who suffered from cerebral palsy, was huge fan of 
Coach Pat Sullivan and attended every practice and game he 
coached, even when Sullivan moved to Samford. For Coach 
Sullivan, Millhouse was a source of encouragement and a 
reason to keep coaching every day. 

Another featured story this year followed the daily work 


routines of Samford's campus safety. After publishing the findings in the 
Crimson and asking what would happen if Samford was ever faced with 
an emergency like the terrible shooting at West Virginia Tech. Safety Direc- 
tor Bobby Breed implemented new security plans in case of an emergency. 
New automated emergency text message and e-mail systems were installed 
on campus along with other emergency protocols that did not exist before 
the Crimson's story. 

All in all. this year proved to be a training ground for many of the 
Crimson's new staff. For some, the lessons learned were positive, for others 
they were mixed. But one thing is certain: The Samford Crimson is as ever- 
changing as the faces behind the pages. 


Making a difference: 

One performance at a time 

By Melissa McBride 
Spread: Austin Richardson 

The Gospel Choir knows how to bring the love of Christ to Samford. 
And they do it through song. 

This year, the choir, led by President Ashley Flowers, gained close to 10 
new members and lent its soulful spark to many campus events. During 
both fall and spring semesters, the choir sang at several events here at Sam- 
ford, including a performance during Homecoming weekend and a concert 
held in December to celebrate the Christmas season. They also held a con- 
cert at the end of the spring semester to commemorate the end of the year. 

Flowers brought a much more spiritual emphasis to the choir this year 
and decided that they should only sing biblically based songs. Along with 
a new song repertoire, the choir added a devotional at the beginning and a 
prayer at the end of each of its practices, which were held every weekday. 
These sessions helped the group prepare for their performances on campus, 
as well as their outreach projects. 

The organization's outreach went beyond Samford students to include 
students all around Birmingham. One example can be found in the youth 
detention center. This center, found in downtown Birmingham, holds 
a few hundred teenagers and younger who are entertained two to three 
times a month by the Gospel Choir. After each performance, the choir 
stayed and talked with those staying at the center to form relationships 
and show God's love to them. At the end of fall semester, the choir even 
had a special Christmas performance followed by a Christmas party with 
the teens. 

When asked about visiting the youth detention center, freshman and 
new member Allison Edmonson said, "After we performed, we would stay 
and just hang out with the kids. We got to hear all their different stories 
and really get to know them. It was so rewarding to just be able to listen 
to their stories, and it was really great to be able to throw them a party at 
Christmas." As another way of forming relationships with the teens, some 
members of the Gospel Choir began to go to the center every Wednesday 
to have Bible study. 

Along with trips to the detention center, the Gospel Choir sang at 
different churches in the community when invited and participated in 
other various outreaches around Birmingham. With the Gospel Choir's 
hard work and dedication to spreading the love of Christ throughout our 
campus and our community the spirit of Samford remains alive and well 
in this organization. 

Be autifuJ r-< 

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A love of music brings people together 

By Anna Pollock 
Photo and Spread: Austin Richardson 

For those who like to sing. University Chorale was the place to be. 

The choir offered the opportunity to perform without the use of extraordinarily difficult music, so students who were not 
familiar with reading music or being in a choir felt comfortable. 

University Chorale this year was made up of 45, non-auditioned Samford students. The music was spiritual for the most 
part and many of the songs incorporated a variety of instruments, such as the bagpipe or the harp. The choir also performed 
many selections accompanied by the organ. 

The ensemble allowed students with a passion for singing to belong to a choir without the major responsibilities and com- 
mitments of other professional choirs at Samford. Members had the option of receiving a one hour credit for taking part in the 
Chorale. Since all music majors have to earn an ensemble credit each semester, University Chorale was a great opportunity to 
do something fun and get credit at the same time. Freshman member Molly Jones said, "University Chorale has given me the 
opportunity to keep singing and performing, because I enjoyed it so much in high school. It has, also, been a great way to meet 
new people and get involved in the Samford community." 

Director Sharon Lawhon worked hard to maintain the high reputation of University Chorale. She emphasizes "transfer 
of knowledge" in which she expects the students to use what they have learned in one piece of music in other pieces as well. 
Dr. Lawhon is a master at giving specific instructions to help further the abilities of the choir. Her experience of hard work in 
directing the choir was clearly reflected in all events that University Chorale was a part of. 

The group performed at a number of Samford events during the year. Many events consisted of leading the congregation in 
hymns at Convocation each week. The ensemble sang at Hanging of the Green during the holiday season and joined with the 
A Cappella Choir, orchestra and band to perform a Christmas concert which brought Christmas spirit to Samford. 

During the spring semester, University Chorale held a Vesper service to reflect the historic tradition of daily prayer by offer- 
ing hymns of Scripture. The event was held in Samford's Hodges Chapel. Hymns, such as "Amazing Grace" featuring pianist 
Herbert Williams, an a cappella piece "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" and "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" accom- 
panied by violinist Christina Gonzalez, filled the chapel. The choir not only displayed their wide ranges of talent, but also put 
on a wonderful evening of gathering together to worship the Lord. University Chorale member Adrienne Brown finished the 
evening with a resounding solo to "My God Is So High." The service displayed the outstanding talent of University Chorale at 
Samford University as well as the values it holds. 


By Mary Nelle Hall 
Photo and Spread: Austin Richardson 

This year's A Cappella Choir certainly needed no accom- 
paniment to put on a truly amazing show. The pure voices of 
its members produced a sound that was more beautiful than 
that of any musical instrument. 

While most Samford students spent their spring break 
lying on the beach, the A Cappella Choir toured across the 
south, representing the university with their voices. The choir 
kicked off their tour in Huntsville at the Alabama All-State 
Choral Festival. From there, they continued the tour by trav- 
eling to Knoxville, Tennessee and Louisville, Kentucky. 

On March 18, the choir had the privilege of performing at 
the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. On the stage 
of the Ryman, the choir met up with Billy Horton, a banjo- 
playing Samford Alumni. Horton performed solo as well as 
joining in with the choir to perform a rendition of "Cindy," an 
American folk song. Horton also made a guest appearance at 
the choir's homecoming concert in Reid Chapel. He played a 
solo piece and shortly after, the "A Cappella Band" and mem- 
bers of the choir joined in singing and dancing, engaging the 
audience in their bluegrass hoedown. 

Bluegrass was not the only style of music the A Cap- 
pella Choir perfected. Their repertoire also included more 
traditional hymns and spirituals. The choir sang every thing 
from "Signet dem Herr nein neues Lied" by Johann Bach to 
"Rockin' Jerusalem." 

What's even more impressive about this choir is that it's 
not only comprised of music majors. Acceptance is based 
solely on competency demonstrated in an audition. Business 
management, international relations, religion, family studies, 
biology and political science majors are all represented within 
this diverse choir. 

Timothy Banks, Professor of choral music and conduct- 
ing, conducts this gifted group. He is only the fifth conductor 
of the choir since its founding in 1939. Banks is very pleased 
with the talent of the group and the progress they are mak- 

"The choir has had an unbroken tradition of excellence in 
choral music for all of these years, with national and inter- 
national tours, recordings and media presentations that will 
soon include appearances on YouTube and iTunesU," said 

The group finished recoding three CDs that should be 
released in the summer of 2008. President Brittany Stillwell 
Krebs and Vice President Mary Catherine Stone also lead the 
56-member choir. 

Talent is not the only thing that makes this choir so 
unique. When talking to freshman Quincy Price about the 
three-state tour, he didn't immediately mention the music or 
the thrill of singing on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium, 
but rather the "sense of family" in the choir. He said while on 
the tour, he felt like he "grew friendships, opened up musi- 
cally and most importantly, shared in Christian fellowship." 

It was clear at the homecoming concert that this sense 
of family has continued from generation to generation. At 
the end of the show, the current members of the choir were 
joined by alumni. Mothers, daughters, friends and family 
crowded together on the risers to sing the final hymn. As they 
came together, it was evident that the Samford A Cappella 
Choir is a talented group with a rich history that is here to 

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Alpha Phi Omega: 

A fraternity not just for men 

By Haley Aaron 

Spread Austin Richardson 

Alpha Phi Omega breaks through the ''Samford Bubble" to reach out to the community. From working to build houses with 
Habitat for Humanity to volunteering with groups such as Relay for Life and Hands on Birmingham, the fraternity's goal was 
to make a difference. 

Alpha Phi Omega, or APO, is a national service fraternity. Samford's APO chapter was initially founded in 1941. Several 
current Samford professors and staff were involved in the organization as students, including English Professor Dr. Roderick 
Davis, Religion Professor Dr. James Barnette, Art Department Chair Dr. Lowell Vann, Geography Professor Chris Labosier and 
Technology Services Network Group Director Glenn Schneider. Samford trustee John C. Pittman was one of the founding 
members of the organization. 

However, Samford's APO chapter became co-ed for the first time this year. As a result, the organization has grown signifi- 
cantly larger. APO President and sophomore religion major Kris Roberts said membership has grown from 15 members to 40. 

While most of APO's activities support the Birmingham community, some service projects reach outside the city. This year, 
the group raised money to buy Christmas gifts for troops serving in Iraq. Members raised enough money to purchase a portable 
DVD player along with other gifts and much needed items such as phone cards. "This was a very worthwhile project as it 
gave back to the men and women who are serving our country away from home." said APO treasurer and junior biology major 
Jordan Beard. 

For many students involved in APO, the most rewarding part of participating in the group is seeing how their efforts help 
those in the community. For freshman psychology major Hannah Wilhoite, one of the best experiences was watching a home 
being built through Habitat for Humanity. "You can watch the progress over time of everyone's hard work and can really get to 
know the people you are helping," she said. 

While APO is structured like most fraternities, the group serves primarily as a service organization, not a social group. "I 
joined because I was looking for another outlet to do service projects," Roberts said. "I was already involved with my fraternity 
and a few other groups, but APO put service as their top priority, and I really appreciated and respected that.'' 

By reaching out to the community, APO members also receive valuable lessons. "Members in Alpha Phi Omega learn valu- 
able leadership skills and teamwork skills, and through our service, we give back to the campus, community and nation," Beard 

Membership in the group is open to any Samford student who wishes to serve. APO can help anyone at Samford find what 
they are best at while also helping others," Wilhoite said. "It is a great way to help serve the community and get involved on 
campus." ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_ 







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December Graduates 

Meredith Henry, Leila Roberson, Renard Blackmon, Dell Yarbrough, Katharine Baird, Jonathan Beverly, Andrew Boyd, 
Charles Bradford, David Brunson, Shelly Busby, Hiram Centeno. Andrea demons, Michael Deen, Amy Delozier. Taylor Dorner, 
Alicia Ezell, Ke Fang, David Fisher, Justin Gambrell, Andrew Garnett, Lindsay Greenwalt, Jarred Griffin, Calvin Hodge. Stewart 
Johnson, Kyle Jones, Jessica Lee. Graham Lemmon, Celeste Leone, Lane Lofton. Jonathan McCullough. 


Anthony Myers, Sara Neyman, Whitney Osteen, Laura Pearson, Leo Randall, Justin Ray, Robert Stanfield, Hannah Tillman, 
Emily Jane Vernon, Geoffrey Walker, Cara Dennis, Julie Yonts, Fredrick Young, Robyn Debenedet, Benjamin Dennis, Micahel 
Dove, Caitlin Fuller. Jessica George, Amy Goodlin, Christine Halliday. Hugh Head. Susan Johnson, Jason Martin. Sarah Maul- 
din, Brenna McGuffey, Sarah Murray, Lauren Schmidt, Meghan Shannon, Kyle Sims, Karen Wilson. 


Katie Aldridge, Christina Bombola. Benjamin Branscomb, Keith Davis, Joseph Edens, Adam Hancock, Giovanni Hernandez, 
Valerie Higgms, Peyton Huston, Eli Martorana. Matthew McDonald, Chase McTorry, Justin Mize, Garrett Rice, Shelley Stant- 
ley, Lindsey Stryker, Lisa Taylor, Jadwiga Wartak, Wanda Dimon, Estella Riggs, Jennifer Baker. Sandra Boyken, Richard Dvell, 
Alysia Housey Elizabeth McCullough, Dan Russell, Jennifer Cochran, Jessie Madison, Sarah Carter, Lauren Landrum. 


Molly Michaud, Sarah Moorad, Holly Morgan, Roderick Norman, Deborah Norris, Elizabeth Pearse, Amber Ridley, Amy 
Searle, Sarah-Grace Self, Lindsey Walden, Ashley Watt, Erika Ellis, Lindsay Eubank, Ashley Fowler, Emily Fridrichsen, Amy 
Lauren Gilbert, Virginia Henry, Mallory Kline, Amanda Livingston, Dustin McNew, Jacqueline Mitchell, Samantha Norrell, 
Julianne Posey, Jeremy Sandefur, Monique Therrien, Catherine Wilkins, Freddie Williams, Emily Alsup, Anyet Belyeu, Katherine 


Laura Collins, Ingrid Devaughn, Alicia Dieterich, Bndgett Donaldson, Amanda Draper, Bonnie Gay, Jessica Hartness. Kath- 
erine Herring, Amanda Howes, Katherine Kent, Charles King, Jill Lambert, Alexandra Mahrt, Natalie McCurdy, Stuart Misner. 
Christopher Offord, Amanda Parker, Crystal Rogers, Brooke Shoemaker, Meaghann Smith. Quinita Strickland, Kelley Vincent, 
Adam Moxley, Rachel Holland, James Douglas, Ivey Edwards, Matthew Harrison, Patrick Raney, Melanie Ervin, Clifford Hill. 


James Moody, Andrew Waits, Craig Cochran, Jonathan Grammer, Kevin Hardee, Ryan Kelly, Kimberly Seals, Anita Slater, 
Carla Thomas, Joshua Thomas, Cokiesha Bailey, Nashaunna Brumfield, Felecia Clements, Richard Collins, Brian Cosby, Joseph 
Dentici III, James Dewey, Patricia Frazier, Brian Fulton, Jermaine Gadson, Charles Giffen, Meredith May, Russel McCrory Stan- 
ford Mwasongwe, Waymon Oliver, Nathan Parker, John Patrick, Joshua Posey Joshua Price, Timothy Robinson. 


Ronald Sterling, Stephen Todd. Eric Enable, Michael Vreeland. Ruth Vreeland, Kelley Brown, James Copeland. Laura 
Faulkner, Shekinah Lampkin, Jennifer Rash, Janelle Ayres-Adams, Janet Benson, Jason Black, Janicya Feggms. Anna Lincoln. 
Wendy Payne Mann, Shannon St. John, Lynn Vines, Kristy Windham, Shawn Sears. Amanda Warren, Laaqueafrece Warren, 
Angela Bedgood, Donna Brumlow, Jennifer Cardwell, Kara Chism, Sheryl Coleman, Hedy Davis, Phyllis Faust. Selena Florence. 


Melanie Glover, Melissa Gulledge, Jennifer Hogan, Aaron Jones, Shannon Kirby, Heather Mays, Kathy Murray, Belinda 
Patterson, Tim Stull, Lon Cullen, Balema Laba, Jerry Light, James Rumph, Aubrey Smith, Mary Duke, Barbara Martin, Lydia 
Patrick, Sakema Porterfield, Sheila Goebel, William Garrison, Jonathan Friery, Jay Greene. 


Brock School of Business and 

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing Graduates 

Aaron Akins, Kathryn Allen, Bradley Alsup, Robyn Armstrong, Laura Atkinson, Diana Baker. Timothy Barnett, Christie 
Battle, Jessica Black, Kelly Boarman, Carrie Boles, Brook Bowden, Kristi Bowden, Amy Boyd, Benjamin Boyd, Lindsey Boyett, 
Michele Bryant, Emily Burns, Emily Burns, Mary Bushong, China Callins, Brandi Carroll-Clark, Melissa Caudill, Amanda Ches- 
ter, Audra Clifton, Candice Coleman, Jason Colquitt, Sara Brammer, Veronica Coshatt, Julie Daugherty. 


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Logan Davis. Deanna Dawson, Amrita Desai, Michael DeSerio, Pamila Dycus, Katie Dyer. Kari Edwards. Alyson Ellis. Me- 
gan Fischer. Tracy Frame, Jim Gaither, Warren Gardner Katie Gibson, Daisy Griffin, Angela Hackett. Martin Hahn. Christopher 
Hamilton, Josh Hardin, Susan Hays, Rebecca Hershman, Holly Holladay, Eric Holmes, Morgan Howard, Lynsey Jones, William 
Jones, Rachel Keener, Jeffery Joch, Jessica Lamb, Matthew Leach, Andrew Lindsey. 


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S" J£ S 

Ik ill A 

Christy Longo, Zack Mack, Brandon Marshall, Kali Mathis, Stephanie Matthews, Scott Maurer, Kristin McDonald, Martha 
McDonald, Heather McElligott, Patrick McFerrin, Alison McGriff, Dustin McKinney, Alicia McKnight, Daniel Parkins, Megha 
Patel, Nicole Peacock, Ashley Peterson, Adam Pike, Ashley Pittman, Ebony Pollard, Jermey Price, Jessica Read, Amy Reynolds, 
Elliot Richardson, Cole Sandlin, Laney Savage, Lauren Scott, Heather Searcy, Elizabeth Shaffield, Blake Shoemaker. 



Autumn Smith. Cora Smith. Justin Smith. Rebecca Smith. Raewyn Snodderly. Johnathon Sorter. Amanda Stimmel. Nicho- 
las Sullivan. Erin Sutphen. Cassie Taylor. Paul Thompson, Mitzi Trosper, Ashley Trull. Lauren Vinson. Xuan Vo, Samuel Wake- 
field. Whitney White, Brenna Wilson, Trae Winkler, Hilary Smith, Daphne Anderson, Taylor Anderson, Jessica Babin, Jasmine 
Bolden, Josh Bordas, Daniel Bowles, Britney Boyd. Samuel Boyers. 



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Eric Brown, Paul Brown, Benjamin Buchanan, Jonathan Bunio, Matt Butler, Erin Camp, Alison Carter. Melissa Caudill. Dan- 
iel Cheek, Nora Christopher, Chadwick Cockrum, Christian Corts, Zachary Dark. Hannah Davis, Jarret Davis. Emily Deaux. 
Carol Doby, Thomas Donaldson, Lauren Evans, Brent Fielder, Jonathan Frazier, Emily Goette, Greg Granlund, Henry Bryan 
Grant, Chad Graves, Cameron Grogan, Hollie Guffey, James Gunter, John Hall, Michael Hardin. 


M M M 

Bryan Hassel, Clarke Hoelscher, Anglea Hook, Samuel Huffman, Gerald Hughes, James Kaal, William Kirtland, Jordan Lee, 
Colleen Leonard, Carson Lorentz, Ashley Madison, Robert Matteson, Gavin Mayo, Ryan Mclntire, William McNeese, Joe Ross 
Merritt, Annie Murphree, Brad Parker,Lydia Parker, Daniel Peavy, Travis Peterson, John Post, Hunter Pugh, Austin Ray, Brittany 
Register, James Richardson, Romney Rogers, Sean Rogers, John Selph, Evan Smith. 


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Heather Steinberger, Matt Stephens. Dan Strickland, Jacqueline Taylor. Ross Thaxton. Jason Thomas, Taryn Towns. Austin 
Walker, Brydee Warner, Ian Williams, Hunter Yarbrough, Carrie Green, James Holmes, Lauren Horner, Latreyana Kidd. Jon 
Ogletree, Patrick Adams, Paul Allen, Ray Wesley Allen, Bhavini Amin, Jennifer Carter, Marvin Cleage, William Cone, Gregory 
Frazier. Ruth Lettieri, Herriet Minor. Lasundra Murphy. Mike O'Brien. Ian Owens, Stephen Owens. 


J i m £ 

Shehnaz Parpia, Jerald Reynolds, John Stewart, Erik Thimaras, Bndgette Whittemore, Elizabeth Baker, Krystal Benton, Lisa 
Blewer, Elizabeth Broome, Anna Lauren Brown, Janelle Brown. Jordan Brush, Andrea Bunger, Elizabeth Bush, Heather Byrod. 
Caroline Davis, John Derrick, Amanda Dinkelacker, Laura Durchsprung, Mary Ezell, Michael Freeman, Amy Graves, Brittany 
Gray, Rebecca Harmon, Abby Hebert. Whitney Jackson. Jessica Johnson. Mary Michael Joiner. 


i^ in 

Tara Keith, Tara Kilgoyne, Julie Lee, Sarah Mallanik, Meredith McCrune. Kristen McGnff. Annie Musgrave, Mary Nunnally. 
Rachel Saucer, Whitney Sharp, Jamie Leigh Simpson, Sarabeth Sims, Leah Smith, Anna Smitherman, Katharine Snyder. Lindsey 
Stone, Kristin Talbert, Meredith Wells, Alexandra Whyte, Rebecca Wright, Tommie Bass, Andrea Collins, Brandi Crawford. 
Cumbee Page, Adrienne Curry, Nicole Davis, Leon Glenn, Cynthia Garrett, Katherine Harrison, John Lundeen. 


Debra Miller, Chris Moore, Shelley Moore. Carol Richmond-Stephens. Lona Stone. Susan Stovall, 
Lindsey Todd, Martha Ward, Regina Yarbrough. 

School of the Arts, Howard College of Arts and 
Sciences, Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education 
and Professional Studies Graduates 


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Rob Howell, Emily Mullins, Meryl Thomson, Lauren Wilson. Amanda Jones. Daniel Masters, Erin Ojard. Jalona Chambers, 
Sasha Gennaro, Julia Haynes, Lawanda Morris. Nicholas Agnello, Callie Aldridge. Britney Almaguer, Julie Amann. 



Sarah Azinger, Kathryn Barnes, Brooke Barriento. Erin Basinger, Christin Bates, Caroline Bell. Erika Berg, Stephen Black, 
James Blackburn, Britney Blalock, Elisabeth Bradley, Zachary Brooks, Kristin Burson, Meliah Capers, Josie Capuano. Bethany 
Carroll, Erin Carroll, Jessica Casto. Christina Cesler, John Chambliss, Kaley Childs, Aidan Clifford, Michael Cody Lyndsay 
Cogdill, David Coleman, Katherine Conway, Rebekah Corley, Shannon Corman. Kelley Cotton, Aaron Davis. 


Martha Donze, Lauren Doss, Rebecca Ellenberger, Andrew Farrell, Lindsey Ferguson, Stephen Freer, John Gargis, John 
Givens, Suzanne Gottard, Rebecca Graham, Katherine Gronewald. Haley Gunter, Brittany Heathcock, Hunter Hill, Emily Hol- 
laday Darling Aragon. Anna Jackson, Heather Johnson, Peyton Jones, Tessa King, Holly Kirtley, Rachael Lamb, James LaSater, 
Jana Lassiter, Brian Lee, Jonathan Loudermilk, Heather Mackey, Meredith Macon, Oliver Mallory, Elizabeth Martin. 


Maeci Martin, Hannah McCurdy, Chelsea McDonald, Danielle McDonald, Keren McElby, Christy Mcintosh, Jacob Meins, 
Caudill Miller, Nadia Mitchell, Robert Moore, Jaason Morales, Margaret Morris, Christina Moslet, Benhamin Mosteller, Lisa 
Munday, Kyle Mykitta, Horace Nix, Adam Oliver. Jilliam Payne, Devin Phillips, Heather Powell. Sallianne Prothro. Catherine 
Reisenwitz, Jospeh Rhea, Meg Rich, Rachel Richardson, Stephanie Richter, Kaite Riegle, Katie Robertson, Josh Rutledge. 


Mary Segrest, Candice Selph, Alicia Smith, Julia Smith, Alyson Snow, Lauren Steele, Tiffany Stubbs, Sandra Swann, Amber 
Tatum, JAmes Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Sarah Turner, Katie Uptain, Chelsey Vague, Candace Venz, Luke Walker, Courtner Warr, Holly 
Watson, Andrew Wells, Chrissy Wells, Lauren Welty, Brian Willett, Brooke Williams, Caroline Williams, Susam Williams, Jenna 
Wilson, Maegan Wilson, Lindsay Wise, Emily Woodard, Abbey Woodruff. 


Rebecca Wright. Elissa Young, Todd Almon, Amy Bandy, Jordan Beard, Robin Bishop, Christopher Carlson, Jason Clemons, 
Charles Covey, Bethany Davis, Carter Edwards, David Field, Blake Gilbert, David Gilmore, Christopher Gore, Kendall Henry. 
Sean Hill, Joanna Holloway, John Houston, John Irons, Charlie Juarez, Alex Karaman. Robert Lane, Hjansa Lassiter, John Lax. 
Allison Lott, Kimberly McDaniel, Jeslyn Metcalf, Sharon Moore. Betsy Nunez. 


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Kristen ODillon, Justin Palmore, Nicholas Panella, Devon Paris, Stacey Philips, Ashley Polinski, Michael Pruitt, Brittany 
Raymond, Theodore Reece, Meaghan Roche, Sam Rocke, Isaiah Same, Steven Shirley, Nathan Stenstrom, Mary Stone, Jennifer 
Thomas, Kelly Towne, Jonathan Walker, Will Ward, Tiffany Wilson, Shirley Marks, Christa Tarrance, Becky Campbell, Pamela 
Moore, Amber Wade, Joseph Alaimo, Trisha Carlisle, John Chatta, Siyavash Kaynezhad, Derek Merriman. 


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Stephanie Mitchell, Melissa Paddock, Kelly Parker, Blake Altrdo, Amy Almand, Lauren Bidez, Jennifer Blankenship. Megan 
Brantley, Margaret Brown, Meredith Campbell, Brian Castello, Lisa Champion, Allison Duncan, Sarah Durnya, Megan Folsom. 
Christina Forsyth, Dana Gordon, Ashley Gorman, Charlie Hall, Kathryn Harrell, Bethany Harrison, Sarah Haslett, Elysia Hel- 
ton, Kerra Killingsworth, Haley LeCroy, John Morgan, Ashley Skinner, Jamilyn Smith, Erin Sutton, Stephen Tennin. 



Maureen Tombrella, Elizabeth Turner, Laura Vandal, Heather Wiggins, Brittny Ballentine, Lindsey Bamberg, Heather Bird- 
sell, Rebecca Bohler, Kristen Chafin, Tarlie David, Calli Davis, Kathryn Decker, Jessica Doster, Ciara Floyd, Julie Foust, Mary 
Gunter, Lauren Saekle, Shanna Killebrew, Sarah Knoedler, Nicole Kroko, Stephen McBride. Erin Parker, Rachel Renshaw, Rachel 
Sharpe. Sarah Smith, Shelly Smith, Amy Voorhies, John Wheeler, Emily Whitworth, Atheer Yacoub. 


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Katie Aldndge, Rebecca Allman, Jeremy Andrews, Abby Bailey, Jennifer Burgess. Marilee Chambers, Kristin Chapman, Kara 
Cook, Jonathan Davis, Kathryn Deeter, John Marl< Edwards, Sunny Elliott, Sara Fuller, Kelly Hicks. Caroline Janas, Holly Jaye, 
Stacey Javanvich, Rachel Kline, britta Lee, Amy Noel. Lauren Pitcher, Miranda Riley, Abigail Schnitzler, Kate Stone, Kristen 
Stonum, Leigh Sullivan. Amanda Vaughn. Kathryn Weaver, Sarah Bamberg. Robert Camp. 


Barbara Cline, John Cooley, Matthew Godfrey, Lesli Johnson, Kelly Knowlton, Paul Lance. Meagan McCollum, Brad Roller, 
Natalie Saxon, Robert Smith, Preston Sullivan, Clarke Tucker, Katherine Upchurch, John Andrew Wesley, Maria Williams, Jamie 
Allen, Samantha Chambers, Thomas Deal, Emily Fincher. Bntta Lindborg, Lindsey Murphy, Christina Myers, Emily Snider, 
Chris Trotman, Danile Banke, Emily Clayton, Brittany Krebs, Robert Pendegraft, Elizabeth Rice, Tracy Edmunds. 


Dane Hopkins, Amanda Stone, Deborah Arnold, Betsy Bates, Katherine Broome, Carrie Carter, Kimberlee McConnell. 
Donna Norris, Robyn Skalac, Elizabeth Watson, Anna White, Jonathan Rodgers, Amy Willoughby, Perry Riddle, Katherine 
Lyons Bester, Dana Ballou, Eddie Bntton, Kay Cooper, James Ervin. Mary Howard, Wendy Kenorick, Kevin Maddox, Daniel 
Phillips, Perry Phillips, Nita Thompson. 


2008 Senior Survey Continued 

How many convos did you save 
until your senior year£ 

What's the biggest prank you've 
ins the 

pulled during the past four years £ 

What was your oddest Caf mo- 
ment £ 

What is something about Samford 
that an outsider would never un- 

What's the most overused phrase 
at Samford^ 


What is your advice as a graduat- 
ing senior for underclassmen^ 

What is the most important char- 
acteristic of a good roommate^ 

What is the best advice you've re- 
ceived while attending £amford£ 

What was your favorite class and/ 
or professor at Samford^ 

Whom do you wish you had got- 
ten to know better in the past 
four years £ 

-About 20 
-All of 'em 


him go through the movie SAW. 
-Oh, 1 can't talk about that one! 
-Drinking an alcoholic beverage dur- 
ing class. 

-Talking to a friend about his love for 
Phil Collins. 

-I stood up on a table and sang a 
Backstreet Boys' song out loud. 
-Eating Shepard's pie - ewww! 

-There's no casual dating, but 
somehow everyone gets married. 
-Perhaps convo or visitation. 
-Step Sing 

-"Engaged yet<-" 

-"The Bubble." 

-"Dude, that's awesome!" 

-Don't be afraid to explore outside 

"the bubble." 

-Get involved in many different 


-Don't stomp it out with your boots. 

-Ability to compromise. 
-Chill, laid back. 
-Cooking abilities. 

-Enjoy every minute. 
-"Tnis too shall pass..." 
-Go to convo. 

i iction and Film 
-Spanish with Sr. Moore 
-Dr. Barnette for BP 

-Some of my professors. 

-That guy I had a crush on all four 


-Lots of people in my graduating 



2008 Senior Survey Continued 

What song best describes your 
freshman year<r 

What song best describes your 
senior year£ 

If there is one thing you could 
lee about Samfoi 
Yd it be£ 

change about Samford, what 


What is one question about 
Samford you always find yourself 
asking but never have figured 
out the answer^ 

How have you changed since 
freshman year£ 

In 20 years, what do you think 
you will miss most about 

Describe your Samford experience 
in one word. 

"Wake Up" by Rag. 
-Anything by New Found Glory 
-"Rockaway - probably listened to it 
1.000 times. 

-"Umbrella" by Rhianna 

-"Single Again. . .back on the prowl" 

by Tnna. 

-Love is a Battle Field" 


-Convo requirements 


-Is grass more important than educa- 


-What's the purpose of censoring 


-Where does all of the money go that 

Campus Safety collects from tickets'?- 

-More accepting of people different 

from me. 

-More independent. 

-Have grown mentally and spiritually. 

-My friends. 

-Walking across campus in the spring. 
My parent's money.